Thursday [Tossup?]: A Whole New Cringeworthy Meaning to “Going Dutch;” Sales

By Voxy  

I keep calling these Thursday threads “Open-Thread Thursdays,” and then they keep on not being open threads. So I suppose I should give them a new name. Since they’re the counterpart to “Monday Mix,” maybe I could call them “Thursday Tossup.” Unless you have a better suggestion. Tidbits? Tapas? Trivialities?

Anyway. Time for today’s shockingly cringeworthy news. From the UK Daily Mail:

Unemployed women given £1,000 makeovers to help them find a solvent husband

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:25 PM on 10th June 2010

Women on the dole are being offered a £1,150 fashion and beauty makeover and membership to a dating agency to help them find a wealthy husband.


Under the scheme, the women will be given instructions on how to present themselves socially and offered a place on an exclusive matchmaking website called Mens & Relatie (People and Relationships).

They will have professional photographs of their new image to boost their dating profile.

The scheme is being offered by three councils in Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands.

They estimate that if 70 women find a solvent husband, the council can save £330,000 on welfare payments.

They also believe that finding love will help get the unemployed off state benefits by improving their confidence and ambitions.

So far, just one candidate has signed up for the voluntary scheme, which is aimed at women but open to men as well.

Managing director of dating website Mens & Relatie, Radboud Visser, said that people in relationships have ‘better health, more happiness, make more money and live longer lives’.

He told The Times that the councils would spend 650 euros registering an unemployed woman on their site – the average they pay them in jobseekers allowance each month.

Seriously, this is appalling. APPALLING. Women who lose their jobs are being given governmental financial assistance (to the tune of ~$1,700) not to find a new job or to learn professional skills, but to make ’em purty so’s they can find a wealthy husband. Can you please tell me what century we’re living in?

Oh, and this apparently isn’t the first wacky idea they’ve had. The same article quoted above also tells us:

In 2008, jobless Dutch in Maastricht were given a 10-week course of ‘regression therapy’ at a cost of £720 in the hope that coming to terms with their past lives would help them find a job.



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  1. avatar baz
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yet another reason to wish I lived in Europa.

    just kidding
    even I find this over the top


  2. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Appalling indeed, Voxy; however not *quite* as appalling as the fact that you read the Daily Fail ;)

    Seriously though, even the way the article is written is offensive in itself — it briefly mentions that the scheme is ‘open to men as well’, yet focuses entirely on women, as if to suggest women are more likely to be unemployed *and* believe the solution is to get married as opposed to furthering their career than men.

    That, of course, is just one of a myriad of serious problems with the whole concept. Just what are they thinking?!


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