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Opzij (magazine) October 2011 cover.jpg
October 2011 issue featuring Eva Jinek
Editor Irene de Bel[1]
Former editors Margriet van der Linden
Frequency monthly
Company Veen[1]
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Website opzij.nl
ISSN 0166-2007

Opzij is a mainstream Dutch feminist monthly magazine. It was founded as a radical feminist magazine in November 1972 by Wim Hora Adema (1914–1998) and Hedy d'Ancona (1937); the title means "out of the way!"[2] A former editor was Cisca Dresselhuys, who retired in 2008; the current editor (2009) is Margriet van der Linden. The magazine calls itself the "only opinion magazine for women," and considers itself a part of the women's movement.[3]

The magazine currently contains articles about women and women's issues, as well as "lifestyle" sections. It also has a reputation for publishing stories about and studies of female sexuality in the Netherlands.[4] For many years, Opzij was a yardstick to measure Dutch women's attitudes; for instance, a 2002 study investigated Dutch women's opinions on relationships and sexuality based largely on empirical evidence of the changes Opzij and its readership have experienced since its founding.[2]

In 2014, owner Weekbladpers sold the magazine as part of an organizational restructuring prompted by declining sales numbers for magazines. NRC Handelsblad reported Opzij's circulation as 44,000 in May 2014, down about 50% over the previous decade. As of 2014 wew owner Veen Media employs some thirty-five people, five of which with Opzij.[1] Veen had been publishing popular-science magazines, including New Science; that magazine's editor, Irene van Bel, succeeded Daphne van Paassen (interim editor since 2003, after the departure of Margriet van der Linden) at Opzij.[5]

Harriet Freezerring[edit]

Since 1978 Opzij awards an emancipation award named for Dutch journalist and author Harriët Freezer.[6] Notable winners include Nahed Selim (2006), Elsbeth Boor and the Clara Wichmann Institute (2005), Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2004), Hedy d'Ancona (1992), and Ellen 't Hoen (1989).


  1. ^ a b c "Irene de Bel wordt de nieuwe hoofdredacteur van Opzij". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cas Wouters, "Changes in the 'Lust Balance' of Sex and Love since the Sexual Revolution: The Example of the Netherlands," in Plummer, Kenneth (2002). Sexualities: Some elements for an account of the social organization of sexualities. Taylor & Francis. pp. 37–59. ISBN 978-0-415-21274-8. 
  3. ^ According to Cisca Dresselhus, in Drok, Nico (2006). De toekomst van de journalistiek. Boom. ISBN 978-90-8506-308-7. 
  4. ^ Wouters, Cas (2004). Sex and manners: female emancipation in the West, 1890-2000. SAGE. pp. 128–36. ISBN 978-0-8039-8369-4. 
  5. ^ Takken, Wilfred (6 January 2014). "Tijdschrift Opzij lijkt gered: overname nabij". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Complete list of winners

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