Emilie and the Freudian Slipper

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It is a well-known image used to illustrate the conservative atmosphere and traditional gender roles of the 1950’s: the husband of the house arrives home after a day at work, seats himself in his comfortable chair, and waits for his obedient wife to bring him his slippers. A matter of … Continue reading

On Blackfaces, Black Faces, and Black Pete


A look at Dutch folklore and European history So, there has been some controversy on a certain folkloristic figure in the Netherlands for the past few years. What is the problem here? In 2011, an artist called Quinsy Gario accused the depiction of Black Pete to be racist. At some … Continue reading

It is the dawning of the age of….what?

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“Harmony and understanding. Sympathy and thrust abounding. No more falsehoods or derisions. Golden living dreams of visions. Mystical crystal revelation and the mind’s true liberation.” These fuzzy utopian words are an excerpt of the song “The Age of Aquarius” from the 1969 musical Hair. For Dutch people my age this … Continue reading

De similitudine inter equites et homines potestate et virtute superiores


[On the verisimilitude between knights and superheroes] Fear not, dear reader, you shall not have to painfully translate every word via Google Translate or a Latin dictionary, this article will continue in English. No, what will be really discussed here is the verisimilitude between literary chivalric knights and superheroes. Why … Continue reading