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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
Year founded 1972; 43 years ago (1972)
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[2] by Wim Hora Adema (1914–1998) and Hedy d'Ancona (1937); the title means "out of the way!"[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[3] The publisher and owner of the magazine was Weekbladpers.[6]

In 2014, its 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 copies in May 2014, down about 50% over the previous decade. As of 2014 new 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.[7]

Harriet Freezerring[edit]

Since 1978 Opzij awards an emancipation award named for Dutch journalist and author Harriët Freezer.[8] 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. ^ David Machin; Theo Van Leeuwen (17 May 2007). Global Media Discourse: A Critical Introduction. Routledge. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-134-24090-6. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Cas Wouters, "Changes in the 'Lust Balance' of Sex and Love since the Sexual Revolution: The Example of the Netherlands," in Kenneth Plummer (2002). Sexualities: Some elements for an account of the social organization of sexualities. Taylor & Francis. pp. 37–59. ISBN 978-0-415-21274-8. 
  4. ^ According to Cisca Dresselhus, in Nico Drok (2006). De toekomst van de journalistiek. Boom. ISBN 978-90-8506-308-7. 
  5. ^ Cas Wouters (2004). Sex and manners: female emancipation in the West, 1890-2000. SAGE. pp. 128–136. ISBN 978-0-8039-8369-4. 
  6. ^ Jacco Hakfoort; Jürgen Weigand. "Magazine Publishing - A Quiet Life? The Dutch Market for Consumer Magazines" (PDF). Centraal Plan Bureau. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Takken, Wilfred (6 January 2014). "Tijdschrift Opzij lijkt gered: overname nabij". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Complete list of winners

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