I am 33 years old and recently had a vasectomy. The reactions of those around me: many questions, little understanding.

By Marc Fehr

For me it was clear early on: if children, then adoption. Now I decided on a life without offspring. (Photo: Peer Füglistaller)

October 2020, I’m sitting in a hospital bed, parked in a ward at Kingsbury Hospital in Cape Town. “This procedure is considered a permanent sterilisation, there is no guarantee that it can be reversed,” the urologist explains to me earnestly. “Do you consent?” After my firm “yes”, the doctor shifts his focus to filling in the final blank spaces on his form. “Well then, I’ll see you in the theatre [operating room] shortly.”

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What acrazy time to be alive. Following the coronavirus pandemic, I became aware how crucial a connected community can become once everybody has to stay in self-isolation.

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This community map has initially been developed by Simon Huwiler, who works as a developer for the Zurich editorial team at Tages-Anzeiger, which is lead by Mario Staeuble. The map was built on the TA Interaktiv React Base which was designed and maintained by Kaspar Manz for the Tages-Anzeiger Interaktiv Team over the last couple of years. …

Marc Fehr

Outdoor enthusiast and full stack web developer specialised in frontend engineering, user experience design, digital storytelling and data visualisation.

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