Britney Spears during her Femme Fatale Tour (2011), image from Wikimedia Commons

With the success of the high-profile New York Times documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’, it seems that everybody wants to #freeBritney. As we watch her drama unravel, we’re drawn in, we sympathize and we want to join the movement. Spears must be saved; Britney must be freed. Yet close as we may feel, as an audience we have no way of knowing this Britney Spears. We play a part in a media game, and our engagement with the circus turns us into accomplices.

Britney Spears, like any other celebrity, is not really a person. There exists an individual by this name…


The city’s politicians have undertaken a massive gentrification project under the guise of rescuing women from the sex trade.

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Laurens Buijs & Linda Duits

One of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks is being torn down. The lights have been switched off in the famous Red Light District. Millions of public funds have vanished into the pockets of brothel keepers, while the prostitutes have been left empty-handed. The culprit isn’t the mafia or some other illegal organization. It’s the city’s politicians. They have undertaken a massive gentrification project under the guise of rescuing women from the sex trade.

Intentions

Project 1012 is a policy plan aimed to fundamentally change the Red Light District (located in postcode region 1012). Its goal is…

Linda Duits

Rogue media scholar.

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