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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