Aimé Wijffels (1913-1991), shown here standing next to his surgical table at the psychiatric institution St. Willibrordusstichting at Heiloo, called himself ‘the great castrator of the Netherlands’. Photo courtesy of Jan Carel Warffemius from the exhibition 'Goed Verkeerd' (1989) at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum.

The controversial afterlife of therapeutic castration in The Netherlands, 1938-1968

Between 1938 and 1968 around 400 sex offenders underwent therapeutic castration as part of their treatment after being put at the discretion of government. Even though this procedure was only performed on a voluntary basis, statistics show that mostly people with a weak social position, mentally handicapped people and homosexual men, were castrated. This raises […]

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Wooden Torso. Location: Club Church. Donated by Jan from Zwolle, visiting the club every other Tuesday night for the FF party. Picture courtesy: Kevin Schram.

Raise your Fist!

Wooden Torso. Location: Club Church. Photo courtesy: Kevin Schram. Just a wooden torso you would think. Just carved wood, like any other sculpture bought in Bali in Indonesia, while riding on a scooter across the island, made of local wood. Yes, just that. But the object’s journey makes it just a little more than that. Jan, a […]

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Sex Sells

By Kevin Schram Sexuality in museums. A topic discussed in the last part of Mark Liddiards research essay ‘Changing Histories: Museums, Sexuality and the Future of the Past’ on the changes occurring in museums, concerning technologies and attitudes towards the past. He argues that questions should be asked about the identity and direction of museums […]

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