Henrike Dessaules, a Junior Editor Intern at Gender Across Borders, grew up in that area of Germany that used to belong to the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain. Fifteen years and one regime change later she was able to move overseas to the Bible Belt for one year. Experiencing those two contradictory worlds strongly influenced her decision to study both North American culture and German history, and she is currently working on her Master’s thesis on the crisis of masculinity in US American literature of the 1990s.
In 2010, she decided to move to Paris for love, and to learn how to read Simone de Beauvoir in the original. She has since succumbed to living the French cliché: drinking Pinot and listening to old records in her small apartment in the Montmartre area. She likes to break up the routine by meeting up with feminist and other activist groups (Osez le féminisme, Attac). Her main passion, however, lies in writing for her own blog Discipline and Anarchy (disciplineandanarchy.