Germany is the first European country to have the option of choosing neither, leaving the gender spot on their newborn’s birth certificate blank if the baby’s sex can’t be determined. Read more on Newser…
Leave it to Germany to make every kind of sausage imaginable. These Rastings sausages are designed and marketed specifically towards men or women, bearing a hyper-sexualized image of the opposite sex. The sausages for women are labeled “lean,” while the brats for men are labeled “hearty” and “strong-spiced.” Obviously this is because women are solely concerned with their appearances while men are helplessly self-indulgent with no concern for their health. Gender-specific tubed pork products! What a brilliant idea. Obviously, I would go for the “hearty” sausages for dudes. [Huffington Post]
First, a couple of dudes stole $65,000 worth of chicken wings. Then someone stole 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese. And now, thieves have made off with $21,000 worth of Nutella. Over the weekend, the town of Niederaula, Germany, was robbed of seven palettes of Nutella. The Nutella addicts stole the jars from a parked semi-truck trailer.
And that leads me to believe that someone is getting ready to throw the world’s biggest weird-combinations-of-food party. What could you make with all that chicken, Nutella and cheese? Let’s go to the cookbooks, shall we? Keep reading »
This is a picture of an unidentified German dignitary greeting his country’s athletes during the Olympic opening ceremony this past weekend. “Tell me that guy wasn’t doing a Nazi salute when the German team came out,” tweeted BBC broadcaster, Richard Gordon. Whether it was a a left-handed Nazi salute (typically done with the right hand during Hitler’s Third Reich) or an antiquated form of the right-arm Olympic wave, onlookers such as Mayor Boris Johnson and Camila Parker-Bowles certainly noticed. The rest of the world noticed as well. It’s hard to interpret the man’s intentions as the video of his “greeting” has been removed from YouTube by the International Olympic Committee. If he was, in fact, attempting a Nazi salute, he may face charges in Germany where the gesture is a criminal offense.
Did anyone else catch this possible gaffe? What was your take? [ONTD]
sexist asshat German mayor has designated the “more challenging” parking spaces in the municipal garage for male drivers, because parking a car is so haaaard for us little-wittle-ladies. The mayor, Gallus Strobel, has decreed that certain parking spaces will be designated with a male or female symbol to show who is permitted to park in each spot. Strobel told a German newspaper, “Men are, as a rule, a little better at such challengers.” Well then! He sounds like such a lovely man to work for. According to Sweden’s The Local, the women’s 12 spaces are wider, more well-lit, farther away from pillars and closer to the exit.
Wait. Hold up. No manicures? No shoes? No pictures of fuzzy kittens and bunnies? What kind of women’s parking spaces are these?! [Female First UK; The Local DE]
Boaters in Hamburg, Germany’s Binnenalster Lake, enjoyed an up close and personal moment with Die Badende, or The Bather, a new sculpture by artist Oliver Voss. Those are some lovely knees, lady. Keep reading »
“Ho ho … this is a hold-up.” That’s what I imagine two guys in Berlin saying when they walked into a supermarket yesterday wearing Santa costumes—red coats and big, bushy white beards. When a cashier asked them to take off the costumes, they pulled out guns and demanded all the money in the register. The cashier obliged and they ran off into the sunset. A police officer later said of the two, “They didn’t look like they were going to be passing out any presents when they came in.” We hope he was joking, but we just can’t tell .. [Newser] Keep reading »
One film in particular has shaken up the Berlin International Film Festival taking place this week: “Frauenzimmer,” a documentary by 28-year-old filmmaker Saara Aila Waasner which follows three grandmother-aged women who work as prostitutes in Germany. Yes, prostitutes! Christel, 59, boasts of the demand for older women; Paula, 49, runs a bordello; and Karolina, 64, is a dominatrix who works in an S&M studio. Waasner said she wanted to show “the real people behind the job” and how some female sex workers find the job to be empowering, not exploitative. We just have one question: How soon until “Frauenzimmer” — or “Silver Girls” in English — opens in the U.S.? [The Local DE]
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It’s now been 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the city has emerged as a cultural tastemaker—call it a design town, if you will. So, of course, its residents tend to be well-dressed. But don’t expect cookie-cutter outfits or pretty-girl get-ups. Berlin chic is about edgy sophistication, customization, and avant-garde designers. Add a dash of subtle gender neutrality, and you’ve got a rad German vibe. After the jump, some tips for how to rock it. Keep reading »