I’ve been thinking about ‘being and looking natural’ for many years. This time has given knowledge about all sides of the discussion. Is it feminist to go to a cosmetic surgeon or not? Is it feminist to dress in a sexy way or not? Or in general; is it bad to reject our natural, human appearance? I won’t be able to answer these questions, but this post can perhaps increase the debate about this.Continue reading “Are we rejecting our human appearance?”
‘t Kump good
It means ‘it will be okay’, in the Limburgs dialect (Southern Netherlands).
Almost every day I remind myself of this message. It connects me with the rest of Limburg, and it’s a way to stay positive and hopeful.
Of course it shouldn’t result into blind faith or doing nothing. We have to put effort into making it alright. But when you have hope for a better future, you want to work for that. We are working for that.
A few weeks ago I told you that I was hesitant to get on a mountain bike, so decided to take a normal bike instead. Yesterday was different: Saapjen convinced me to try it out. Turns out it wasn’t as difficult as I expected.Continue reading “Mountain bike ride: Saapjen convinced me”
I don’t know if there are people on this platform who expect a scientific post from me every Friday. If there are: I’m sorry, you have to make do with a simple and short one.
There will be an election in the Netherlands next month, and I decided to help out at a polling station! It’s important to stay at least a little productive when you have no studying to do and the place you work at is closed…Continue reading “Studying to work at a polling station”
During these 8 weeks of free time, I am learning a few new things. I’ve already written about my first experiences with blogging, but in this post I will share some of the things I have learned about playing the ukulele.Continue reading “Things I learned about playing ukulele for 3 weeks”
Why do we have a tendency to put people into boxes? Criticism against labels has arisen, but at the same time there are also those who criticize colourblindness. If we use labels, identities that need to be protected are pointed out. At the same time it can lead to ‘ethnic profiling’, where a certain ethnicity is being connected to negative behaviours for no reason. How do we handle this issue?Continue reading “The Power of Labels and Representation”
I’ve already mentioned my love for snow, so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard it was gonna fall in the Netherlands. I was less happy with the fact that I wasn’t able to drive to Saapjen because of it, but I’ll see him this week again.Continue reading “Snow in the Southern Netherlands: Expectation vs. Reality”
Being on WordPress for 2 weeks now has already taught me some interesting stuff. I do believe that I need more experience with blogging to improve, however it might help a beginner know what to expect.Continue reading “Things I learned about blogging in 2 weeks”
Every day we are presented with new information online. Strategies to select relevant articles and sources can harm democracy and increase polarization. So how do you make sure you don’t get stuck in an echo chamber?Continue reading “A Dutch perspective on polarization: How to get out of your filter bubble”
Some of you female readers have cramps, back pain, a headache or feel hungry the entire time. For me, I always remember the dreams I’ve had a week before I get my period. Some can be unsettling, but most are just plain weird. Like yesterday; I was on an island where visitors and wild animals were walking freely. Here’s a list of some of the strangest dreams I’ve ever had. Interpretations are welcome!Continue reading “My boyfriend turned into a cow! 5 of the weirdest dreams I’ve ever had”