“Transgender” As A Noun – A Step Towards Gender Equality?


Reading Time: 5 minutesI wasn’t planning on writing anything else on the subject, so quickly, until I received a few comments, pointing out that I had made a terrible mistake, making me (for some) unworthy to write anything on the subject of transgender people. On a “Feministing Community” website, I also came across the following devastating statement which […]

Brexit Musings (12) – “Fool Britannia”


Reading Time: 4 minutesI thought that I could peacefully finish the day, away from Brexit and Facebook, when I accidentally came across the following tweet from a leader of a Western democracy, whose shoulders are probably hurting from the weight of responsibility, that they carry. The tweet is so full of self-contemplation, disregard for others (bordering on contempt), […]

Feminism Never Killed Anybody


Reading Time: 6 minutesI recently wrote a post on “The Neon Demon”, a 2016 horror film that I watched on my movie pay-channel. My main thought was that Nicolas Refn, who directed the film, had cast the female characters with such masculine bias, that they were literally transgendered into men. I got the following Facebook response that really intrigued […]

For Dutch Children, Zwarte Piet Is No Golliwog

Zwarte Piet

Reading Time: 4 minutesPhoto: Wikipedia Commoms   As always, around this time of year, the arrival on our shores, of Saint-Nicholas, with his band of merry Zwarte Piet’s (Black Peter’s), causes a few people to question the appropriateness of it all. They’re not concerned that he may be burning fossil fuels, in order to propel his steamboat all […]

Charlie Hebdo and the Caliphate Factory


Reading Time: 7 minutes“We didn’t know.” At the time of Hurricane Harvey, Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon, featuring Nazi’s drowning in Texas, with the caption “God exists, He has drowned all the Nazi’s in Texas,” provoked a mis-directed world-wide outcry. The latest controversy will probably cause much less international hysteria – if at all – but is even more important […]

I Won’t Cry For You, Sally Jones


Reading Time: 4 minutesThe death of UK-born Isis recruiter, Sally Jones, may be considered regrettable for one reason only. Had she been captured, she may have given us valuable information concerning the methods used in the recruitment of terrorists. Under the circumstances, though, her death could not have been avoided. So far as her son is concerned, one […]

Dressed To Thrill: Meet The “Kini’s”

burkini discrimination

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen we stopped over in a hotel in Strasbourg, on our way down to Italy, my son was looking forward to a dip in the hotel pool. We were deeply disappointed to find out that the hotel rules did not allow boxer-short-type swimming trunks, the reason being that such trunks “disturbed other clients”. “Discriminatie” (discrimination) […]

When Progressive Humanism Meets Terrorism

Democracy must not be threatened by terrorism

Reading Time: 5 minutesIslamic attacks on Western democracies pose a deep philosophical and moral problem to anyone sympathising with a progressive humanist vision of society. The Islamic fundamentalists are targeting the very heart of our democracies and, more importantly, our entire way of life. They are trying to drive a wedge between the Islamic community, which they are […]

Tolerance In The Attic

Reading Time: 6 minutesIf ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House, situated on the nearby Prinsengracht, symbolises all that is bad about human nature, this house epitomises […]

The Moral Landslide: Defying Discrimination

Reading Time: 8 minutesI’ll be honest with you. Before writing this post, I had no idea what a “LGBT person” actually was. “In what sort of world is this guy living?”, I hear you ask. Well, I live in the same world as you, but the meaning of this dreadful label that has been tagged on the shoulders […]