Born in the ’80s in eastern Europe, I grew up among unkept promises which everybody refused to be accountable for. We were told we were going to be free, and later this alleged freedom was used as an argument to shut us up when criticizing political misrepresentation.
Réka Kinga Papp
is editor-in-chief of Eurozine since November 2018. Papp also hosts Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast.
She is a Hungarian journalist, author and broadcaster, specializing in environmental, social and human rights issues. She published a book on sex work and prostitution in 2017: Aki kurvának áll: szexmunka sztorik (Once You Enrol As a Whore: Sex Work Stories, Kossuth 2017). Her corresponding article, The Bangkok of Europe was published in Eurozine.
She has anchored the Hungarian-speaking social science infotainment radio programme Professzor Paprika, and the indie political YouTube show Feles. In 2023 she relaunched her personal project, Professzor Paprika in podcast format.
Viktor Orbán has won a third successive landslide victory in Hungary. A refashioned electoral system helped him return to power, but a fragmented and incompetent opposition has paved his way for over eight years now, argues Réka Kinga Papp.
A vicious cycle of destitution locks large numbers of Hungarian women into sex work. Moving to western Europe to avoid prosecution, their vulnerability and isolation only increases. Réka Kinga Papp on systemic exploitation in the European sex trade.
Four writers assess the movement’s impact in the US and Europe
Following the first wave of the #MeToo movement, a new phase of reflection has set in. Here, four authors and journal editors from the US and Europe assess #MeToo’s achievements and potential, but also its limitations in changing a culture of sexual harassment.
Trying to break a centuries-old cycle of obstetric violence
Giving birth at home was only recently legalized in Hungary, and one of its leading advocates still faces prosecution. Attitudes towards birth touch on the history of medicine, the place of women in society, and why mothers feel compelled to pay bribes to have their children delivered.