Do we have to fear for the Dutch language to die out?

The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch. Most Dutch speak incredible English. They tend to be quite proud of their English proficiency. There are around 500 000 internationals living in the Netherlands, which goes from the long-term expat to the one semester exchange student. Added on top of the amount of migrant workers who…

Gender Equality

After thousands of years of male dominance, we now stand at the beginning of a turning point. Real strides have been made in western civilization, but there’s a whole lot left to accomplish before we can say gender equality has been reached. Mass media plays a crucial role in influencing people’s mind. Mass media still…

A family tragedy

Today I learned that my childhood friend passed away. She was my very best friend, whom I always have considered as true friend even though we haven’t been in touch since I moved away for graduate school. We went through 8 years of elementary school together. From the day we met we were inseparable. It…

Porn

For years I never understood what my grandma meant by ‘keep your hands above the blanket’ when she tugged me in. My parents both grew up in a devout Catholic family. Unlike their parents who were very puritanical, my parents were extremely liberale. I must have been at about age 10 when my mom gave…

#MeToo (Dutch version)

Met de campagne hashtag MeToo is de discussie rondom seksuele intimidatie, misbruik en grensoverschrijdend gedrag losgebarsten. In de wereld van televisie, film en modellenwerk is er een beerput open gegaan en komen er steeds meer verhalen naar buiten. Al snel kreeg ik bij de beschuldigingen aan het adres van Job Gosschalk en Gijs van Dam…

Time to reflect

Who would show up at your funeral and what would they say about you? Generally we don’t have any influence on when we die, but we can take charge of our own life.  Sometimes we need to just stop and think about who we are and be aware of what’s around us. Take a moment…

Childless-not-by-choice II

About a year ago I wrote my first blog on childless-not-by-choice. It’s my most widely read blog.  It’s been more than 6 years ago when I made the decision to stop the fertility treatment. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. Oftentimes, I was unintentionally offended by hurtful remarks like ‘Get a…