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Free Makeovers From the Dutch Government

Want a Makeover? Just Lose Your Job

Every pink slip has a silver lining, as long as you're Dutch. Unemployed women in the Netherlands are being given makeovers worth almost $1,700 — and the government is paying for them. I could get on board with this if the "makeovers" included interview lessons, a beautiful suit to make you look your best with prospective employers, and makeup and hair tips designed to help you put your best face forward when you're job hunting.

Unfortunately, though, the plan's stated purpose isn't nearly that empowering. Instead, the program is designed to help women find a new man instead of a new job. That's right, job seekers are being given makeovers, clothes, and life coaching in an effort to find them a "solvent husband." Why, that's almost as crazy as putting women in windows as though they were objects for sale. (Oh, wait.) If you were Dutch, would you protest or embrace this idea?

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hazelberry hazelberry 5 years
I love the liberal mindset of the Dutch people! You are a great example for the U.S.
jaxsprat jaxsprat 5 years
After reading some of the comments from the anonymous Dutch writer, this makes sense now. Being so close to Amsterdam and having friends there I used to spend a lot of time there and it has always been liberal place with equality for all so it seemed odd to read this. I know Friesland is treated like Quebec in a way, there was talk of Quebec separating from Canada many years ago.
Chrstne Chrstne 5 years
While I can understand why the Dutch are doing this, I think it's absurd. You can't fight unemployment and poverty with makeup and marriage. Trying to marry off the unemployed women may help cut costs, but it does nothing to truly better the lives of their citizens. It would be nice if they made the priority getting women to feel better about themselves and put them in good spirits to get back to the job force. This plan is more like giving women a way out so they don't have to try anymore. "Sh*t, I'm unemployed. Time to find me a guy to mooch off of!"
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