In 2017 plastic surgery is a sure thing. Everyone has access to it, and it is possible in every way. But, it is still a major point of discussion. In my opinion, plastic surgery is a good thing. It helps people feel better about themselves. Even when someone else thinks the results are not prettier than before, the woman or man who had the surgery will feel more beautiful.

When I asked my mom about what she thinks about plastic surgery, she said it is only good for people who need it for medical purposes, like when you were born with a huge tumor on your face. But I think she forgets the mental health side of things. I myself have had plastic surgery. When I was eighteen I underwent a breast reduction. I didn’t have any physical pain before (which I lied about to my mother and the insurance, I admit) but mentally, it wasn’t easy. I did it purely for my mental health, my confidence went up so much.

Another example is the famous Kylie Jenner. She got her lips done when she was seventeen and got loads of hate for it. But why? She herself said in an interview that it made her feel better and prettier. And isn’t this what society preaches: to feel good in your own skin?

I know there are extreme cases that take plastic surgery too far, but there are more cases where it takes a good turn. Plastic surgery is a deeper thing than just plumping up your lips or getting bigger breasts to fit in. It is about feeling confident in your own body. If we can wear clothes that optically slim our legs, fake tan or get piercings, why not change something more permanently, that makes you feel better in the long run.

I think plastic surgery doesn’t have to be as a big deal as it is. Everyone does what he or she wants to his or her own body and no one has the right to judge it. I wish the media would stop shaming celebrities who’ve had plastic surgeries. If you don’t agree with it, just don’t give it any attention. It is 2017, almost anything is possible, I think people undergoing plastic surgery is the least of the worries. (but please do it safely)


Girls: unite!

Not so long ago I was watching a debating-show on the telly. The moderator was a 40+ male. The panelists consisted of three 50+ males and a teenage girl. The subject: sending naked pictures (nudes) and sexting. The girl was a student that was representing the youth that they saw as the sexting generation. The three older men saw themselves as the man with all of the answers and the good advice. While the girl was stating that sending nudes is the new form of pornography, the new form of buying Playboy (perfectly normal, may I add), the men were disgusted by the phenomenon. F

urther in the discussion the leaking of nudes of young girls was mentioned. In the men’s opinions it was the fault of the girl: ‘she shouldn’t have sent the nudes’. Well, I would like to say a big fuck you to that. When a girl sends nudes, it’s because she wants to, because she feels good about herself and because she trusts the other person. When the other person decides to spread these photo’s, it’s a violation of privacy and trust. The girl is in no way at fault.

In the debate the three men and the moderator were all downplaying the girl’s opinion on national television in prime time. I’m beyond disgusted that, even in 2016, it is still the course of events. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the world where Trump is the chosen president. I would have liked to say that in my country it isn’t that bad. But it is. People support Trump over here. Girls get groped in the club when you pass a group off men. Girls get asked what they were wearing when they got raped and go to the police to press charges, followed by a raised eyebrow. Girls get called nasty things on the streets.

But as the three men at the panel said: ‘just get a bit tougher, stop whining’. IT IS NOT THE GIRL’S FAULT. So girls, unite and fight opinionated, disgusting men like that. Don’t be afraid: write letters, press charges, talk about it and slap them if you have to. But don’t settle and except. You’re worth it to be treated right.