The Extended Cuffing Season: Online Dating During Quarantine

Quarantine can be lonely, but if you’re considering re-entering the dating pool, you might have picked the wrong time. Dating during quarantine is probably the closest thing to the Shakespearian Era dating trends, like professing your love through lengthy messages to your forbidden lover from afar. 

If you’re super lonely and ready to jump into the dating pool with both feet, you might as well make a splash, but be aware of some of the quarantine dating norms.

“Where Do I Go to Look for Love (or What At Least Feels Like It)?”

When the typical relationship begins to flourish, you’re headed into uncharted territory, but what if you can’t even find a date? With the current lockdown, the idea of dating has taken on a completely different form, turning it into what looks more like a disaster than a ticket to a hot date.

Sure, you can use Tinder or any of the other dating apps, but some people are still completely unsure of how to navigate the dating world in the current state. Luckily, there are apps that have been developed to come to your rescue.

Quarantine Together

Quarantine Together is an app that launched on March 15. The goal of its creators was to build something that would keep people from getting bored; however, the purpose of the app has a far greater impact.

The app is text-based and every day at 18,00 EDT, the app asks its users whether or not they washed their hands. If the user says yes, the user is introduced to another user by text. After 15 minutes, the matched users are offered a link to video chat giving them more time to form deeper connections with someone before having the opportunity to meet them. As always, you can still use the typical apps, like Tinder or Bumble, but make sure you use proper etiquette. 

Don’t Say *Insert Awkward Pick-up Line*

THIS DOES NOT ONLY PERTAIN TO QUARANTINE DATING, but please, please, please use proper dating etiquette. This means being polite and respectful, while knowing boundaries of yourself and your matches. No one wants to feel uncomfortable while trying to find “the one”. The feeling of being liked and wanted is something that we all crave, but when we meet someone that we’re interested in online, it’s very tempting to become a people-pleaser to the point where you’ll do just about anything to get your affections reciprocated. Going overboard with the compliments so early on is extremely risky. However, you have to keep in mind who you’re talking to.

Some cultures may see showering a woman with compliments as 100% appropriate. If this happens to you and you’re not into that type of romance, don’t panic. It doesn’t mean he’s a creep; in several countries, paying a compliment is a form of acknowledgement rather than flattery.

On the other hand, some cultures are very straight forward. People can be very direct in the way they speak, rather than being overly polite and saying things to be nice that they don’t actually mean to avoid hurting your feelings.

What you or your love interest says may be taken at face value, so sometimes it’s best not to take to heart what’s said to you. The best advice is to know who you’re talking to and where they’re from to be aware of any social cues and be yourself when talking to a match.

Miscommunications Galore 

Additionally, during quarantine, you’ll be faced with other communication hardships. Communication can be defined as a fruitful exchange of ideas; in order to successfully exchange those ideas, the sender has to convey his or her message, without noise, for the receiver. That noise, in this situation, can be seen as text message errors, anxiety that makes the speaker’s message hard to understand, background noises or something else that makes the sender’s message unclear.

While speaking to a match online, there may be miscommunication. You may not be able to effectively see someone’s body language while talking with them. After all, communication is 55% body language. 

Tone and phrasing of the words is also important. 38% of communication is attributed to semantics, which is how you say something. Even over text semantics is significant in a conversation. What’s the other 7% you might be wondering? The other 7% is the words that we use to express ourselves.

These percentages are based on your typical conditions, but there is a growing importance to better choose your words while dating during quarantine. People using online dating cannot always see body language or hear the way the words are phrased.

The overall words, tone, and phrasing through text can change the path of a conversation radically and can lead to miscommunication, if not done correctly, so it is always a good policy to listen, understand, and think before you communicate. 

Matching with Multiple People: Territory to Tread Lightly

Granted, dating apps do endorse polyamory due to the way they work; as soon as you swipe right, you’ve matched with yet another person. This encourages people to play the field. If your multitasking skills and memory are strong, by all means, see where each match takes you. If you struggle with either of those things, things can get messy very quick if you start dating several people at once. 

All the attention from several matches may seem great at first, but you will find yourself repeating stories because you’ve forgotten what you’ve said to who. This situation is uncomfortable for both parties involved. You’ll also struggle to commit to just one person due to constant distractions. On top of that, you won’t actually be able to get to see how any of your online relationships will play out in typical life due to the lockdown.

It’s a lot easier to date from the comfort of your home while sitting behind your phone screen. You won’t be able to get a good feel for how your match actually is on an online platform. The matches will keep piling up and leave you in a bind after life goes back to normal. 

“I Stalked His Social Media and Got Hurt”

Stalking someone’s social media is a surefire way to create emotional havoc in your life. You don’t want to be the person who probes through a match’s old Facebook photos, only to get your feelings hurt 15 minutes into the hunt.

What usually starts as an innocent browse through someone’s Instagram feed can easily spiral out of control. You can even manage to dive in deep into Twitter profiles of your match, distant family members, and old flames. As tempting as that may sound, do not fall down this rabbit hole. People and tastes change drastically throughout the years, so finding dirt on the tastes and old flames of a match can be an unnecessary turnoff.

Yes, it is absolutely acceptable to engage in a moderate amount of pre-date social media stalking to make sure the person you’re meeting actually exists, but you should keep the searching to a minimum. Limiting your searches allows you to get to know the person in front of you and not a social media version of your match.

To Be Clingy or Not to Be, that is the Question

There are several ways to be clingy and some of those ways push boundaries a little further than others. Sending multiple messages back to back to back is clingy. People on dating sites who become so clingy when you start sending messages to each other are typically clingy people in real life; these people are clingy when they engage with people in the real world that they are romantically interested. If clinginess is not your thing, be warned. Dating while in quarantine may worsen this attachment due to the social limitations being placed on people.

Their clinginess on dating sites may be magnified because of the volume of messages that they’re receiving on dating sites during quarantine. During quarantine, they may have very few relationships with people in the outside world, leading your match to spend a lot of time online whether it be on gaming sites, entertainment sites, social media sites, dating sites, etc.

With that being said, he or she gets this mindset that every dating encounter must be similar to what he or she is experiencing, further pushing them to be clingy. If you’re not replying quickly, your matches may worry that you might be getting messages from other people on dating sites, and by attending to those messages, you might forget about them. Jealousy is truly a green-eyed monster.

DIY Rejuvenating Face Scrubs and Masks

That feeling after you exfoliate your skin is debatably one of the best feelings ever. How do you achieve that smooth skin and healthy glow? It’s as easy as going to your kitchen!

First Things First: Know Your Skin Type

Dry Skin
For all my dry-skinned ladies out there, exfoliation is extremely important for the health of your skin. You need to remove dead cells sitting on the surface of the skin with a more citrusy face scrub or mask because the citric acid in the face scrub or mask will break down the dead skin cell and encourage healthy skin turnover.

Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, do not overwork your skin. You will want to avoid scrubbing your skin, which can irritate and redden the skin even more. Now is the perfect time to ditch the big-name manufactured products (due to the fragrances and chemicals used to create the solution) for a natural remedy for skin care.

Oily Skin
Women with oily skin can benefit greatly from manually scrubbing their faces. There is typically an extra layer of dead skin because of the oils. Manually scrubbing your face, and then following up with a soothing mask to remove redness, is a great way to rejuvenate your skin.

Normal Skin
People with normal skin are very lucky in this case; they can try just about any means of exfoliation that their hearts desire. With that being said you still don’t want to overwork your skin, so experimenting to find a mask or a scrub that works best for you is key.

Combination Skin
For combination skin, your skin may require a mix of manual scrubbing and chemical exfoliation, like the citrus scrubs and masks. Don’t use both types of exfoliation on the same day because doing so will leave your skin irritated and red. If your skin feels dry after exfoliation, use a moisturizing mask to rehydrate your skin.

Recipes for the Perfect Mask or Scrub

For Dry Skin
  • Oatmeal Yogurt Face Mask
    • 1 tbsp Greek Yogurt
    • 1 tsp Oatmeal
    • 1 tsp Honey
    • Mix yogurt, oatmeal, and honey in a bowl, leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water
  • Honey Face Mask
    • Half an Avocado
    • 1 tbsp Honey
    • Mash the avocado and honey together, apply to face and sit for 10 -20 minutes, then rinse off
For Sensitive Skin
  • Oatmeal Honey Face Mask
    • 1 tbsp Oatmeal
    • 1 tsp Honey
    • ½ tsp Water
    • Crush all ingredients together, put a thin layer over the clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse off
  • Yogurt Face Mask 
    • 2 tsp Yogurt
    • 1 tsp Honey
    • 1 tsp Cocoa Powder
    • Mix ingredients together until you get a smooth paste, apply to clean face for 15-20 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water, apply a moisturizer
For Oily Skin
  • Banana Face Mask
    • 1 Ripe Banana
    • 2 tbsp Honey
    • 1 tsp Lemon or Orange Juice
    • Mashup the banana, then mix the honey (add into the blender for best results), add the juice, apply for 15 minutes, then rinse with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth, then regular moisturizer
  • Yogurt and Lemon Face Scrub
    • 2 tbsp Cornmeal
    • 2tbsp Yogurt
    • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
    • Blend the lemon, yogurt, and cornmeal, gently massage the scrub on your face for 1-2 minutes, leave on for another 5 minutes, remove with warm water, then rinse face with cold water (to help close your pores)
Get-Rid-of-Stubborn-Acne Masks
  • Egg White Face Mask
    • 1 Egg White
    • 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
    • ½ tsp Honey
    • Whisk together the egg white and lemon juice until the mixture becomes frothy, add ½ tsp of honey and stir well, wash your face with warm water first, then apply to face with hands or cotton ball, keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes, when the mixture is completely dry gently scrub off using warm water in a circular motion, pat dry
  • Oatmeal and Coconut Oil Face Mask
    • 3 tbsp Oatmeal
    • ¼ cup Warm Water
    • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
    • Mix oatmeal and warm water in a bowl until you’ve made a paste, add coconut oil and mix well, wash face with warm water, then apply the mixture and let sit for 15 minutes, when time is up massage face for another 2 minutes in a circular motion, rinse off with cool water, pat skin dry
Soften and Rehydrate Your Skin
  • Honey and Cornmeal Scrub
    • ½ tsp Fine Cornmeal
    • 1 tsp Honey
    • A bit of Water
    • Add cornmeal, honey, and water into a bowl and stir/blend them together into a smooth paste, apply the paste on your face and neck in a gentle circular motion, leave on for 1 minute then rinse it out with warm water
  • Cucumber Face Mask
    • ½ Cucumber
    • Milk
    • 1 tbsp Honey
    • 1 tbsp Sugar
    • Puree cucumber with a food processor, add the honey and enough milk to achieve desired consistency you want, mix in the sugar, apply to face in a circular motion, rinse off
Leaves-Your-Skin-Glowing Masks
  • Tomato Honey Face Mask
    • ½ Ripe Tomato
    • 1 tbsp Honey
    • Blend the tomato until you get a smooth puree, stir in honey and mix well, apply the mixture and let sit for 15 minutes, wash off with cold water, pat face dry
  • Coffee and Honey Face Mask
    • 1 tsp Coffee Powder
    • 1 tbsp Honey
    • 1 tbsp Plain Yogurt (optional)
    • Mix all ingredients in a bowl, stir well, apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse face with lukewarm water
Anti-Aging Masks
  • Berry Mask
    • 1 small handful of Blueberries
    • 1 small handful of Raspberries
    • 1 small handful of Blackberries
    • Mash all the berries together until the mixture has a thick juice consistency, apply to skin and leave for 15 minutes, rinse well with lukewarm water
  • Avocado Face Mask
    • Half an Avocado
    • 1 tbsp of Oats
    • Crush the avocado in a bowl, add oats and stir well, apply to face and leave for 10-12 minutes, wash face with warm water

We’ve Gone Digital!

We are all stuck at home. Surfing the web for some kind of entertainment may have become dull, but we’re here to help! Our first issue of LUX WMN is now available as an e-magazine on Flipsnack. 

We have come a long way this year so far. We launched our website, and we have grown our following across all of our platforms. We value all of our readers, and we want you all to know that we are all in this together. 

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy in this crazy time. Check our magazine on Flipsnack here , and be sure to take a look at the third annual City Savvy Luxembourg Education Guide (also on Flipsnack)!

Women Empowerment Podcast Library

Are you feeling like you need to spice up your life with a new podcast? These women empowerment podcasts are the perfect way to get inspired and have a laugh.

Woman of Impact

This podcast is hosted by a co-founder of Quest Nutrition and President of Impact Theory,  Lisa Bilyeu. Listen to stories of women who have overcome hardships to achieve success. Their “mission is to empower you and all women to recognize that you really can become the hero of your own life.”

Girls Gone Boss

Everyone needs a little inspiration. Alex Pender & Gaby Ortega host this podcast that brings real women into the conversations about overcoming obstacles yet defy them with style and grace. They “want to want to empower and motivate the next generation of women to always dream big.” Go listen to them!

Women In Tech

Espree Devora has created a platform that features inspiring Women in Tech from Engineers, Female Founders, Investors, UX and UI Designers, Journalists all sharing their story how they got to where they are today. She wants to give the listeners an “if she can do it so can I” attitude.

She Did it Her Way

Amanda Boleyn discuss the most important questions about starting a business. She helps her listeners decide when to take that leap into becoming a full-time entrepreneur. Boleyn delivers fresh content on productivity hacks, different business strategies, how to confidently transition out of your 9-5 and become a full-time business owner as well as interview women who have done it.

Call Your Girlfriend

During this time, we are all in need of our bestie. Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow are best friends and host this podcast together. This podcast is for long-distance besties everywhere. They are able to come to your homes every Friday.

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Join Anny and Samantha every Wednesday and Friday to continue the research-based discussion around feminism. This podcast seeks to educate listeners about women, gender, sex and the history, science, and psychology that ties us all together.

Girls Gotta Eat

Hosts Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine host the hilarious podcast Girls Gotta Eat that talk about their interesting life and other fun topics that might make others uncomfortable.

The Guilty Feminist

Comedian Deborah Frances-White discuss topics “all 21 first century feminists agree on” while still confessing their insecurities.

All of these podcasts can be found on Apple Music and select podcasts can be found on Spotify!

Perfecting Your Craft: Clay Jewelry

Life-long learning is a value which we should all be embracing during our time in quarantine. Instead of falling down the rabbit hole of online shopping, make some chic clay earrings in the comfort of your own home!

Get Inspired

The first step in any project is developing a vision of what you want to come out of it. Making your own jewelry is no different. There are many different designs and types of clay earrings that can range from boho to modern. The best way to make a plan of attack is to put together a vision board.

There are many ways to do this both digitally and manually. One of the best ways to find inspiration is by using Pinterest. You can make a digital vision board and get a plethora of great ideas from other users! Click here to join Pinterest.

Gather the supplies

Making your own clay earrings can be done in a few different ways, but getting the best quality supplies will ensure a great end result! Polymer clay is the best clay to use. It can be baked in your kitchen’s oven safely, and it can be purchased in a wide range of colors.

To make your earrings, you are going to need the metal connectors and earring backs. These can be purchased on Amazon for a very reasonable price. There are some other supplies that could be helpful including super glue, a pasta roller and cookie cutters. For baking the clay and shaping it, parchment paper is a great option. 

Making the earrings

When it comes down to making and baking your earrings, the process is pretty self-explanatory. There are a wide range of videos on YouTube that can visually explain how to mold your clay. When baking your clay, slow and steady wins the race. There are usually baking instructions found on the back of the clay wrapper.

If you are ever unsure about how hot the oven should be, just remember that the lower the temperature the better.

Here are some recommendations from YouTube:

Happy crafting!

Self-Care: Quarantine Edition

You’re a hustler, a go-getter, a boss. You seize every opportunity to be at the top of your game. Even though you’re the best at what you do, you shouldn’t feel like at every waking moment, the weight of the world is upon your shoulders. Hard workers like you deserve the opportunity to take a step back, take some time, and relax. These routines and activities will help you focus on you and your self-care, so now, it’s time for you to let the good vibes flow.

Bullet Journaling

For all of the creative people out there, bullet journaling is a way to express yourself AND keep your life in check. Bullet journaling can be whatever you need it to be. It can be your daily planner, a sketchbook, goals list, or a notebook. The key is to make it fit your needs. There are loads of examples on the internet of people getting creative with it too. You can create extravagant calendars with designs and fonts or plain lists that have your weekly-to-dos.

Establish a Morning Routine You Enjoy

Whatever you’re into, start your day off right by doing it. Establishing a good morning routine and incorporating a reflection activity, such as exercise, mediation, or journaling, will help keep you grounded. Instead of getting overwhelmed and having to catch up on your self-care all in one day, doing a little each day can decrease stress-levels and improve overall well-being every day.

Move for About 30 Minutes Per Day

Exercise is great for physical needs, but it’s also good for mental health! Taking just 30 minutes out of your day to exercise can completely change how you feel; exercising also has a profound impact on mental wellbeing pertaining to stress levels, mood, sleep, and even more. The exercise of choice can range from a lunchtime stroll to high-intensity training.
For at-home exercise tips click here.

Take Time to Do Absolutely Nothing

Yes, that’s right. Absolutely nothing. Think of it as mediation that may end in a nap. Turn off the news, stop scrolling through social media, and relax. Doing nothing is actually highly beneficial for busy minds like yours. Try to just be in the moment, not in the past or the future. Think about things that you’re grateful for right now and your accomplishments. Push away any thoughts of failures from the past and obligations of the future. Take this time to decompress.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This is an act that goes overlooked when it comes to self-care, but you are literally made of water, so drink up. Water is extremely important for your overall health and bodily functions; you should be drinking water from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. People often wake up dehydrated, which leads to you not feeling your best as soon as your feet hit the floor. Throughout the day, your typical activities will continue to dehydrate you, and without water, your body loses sodium and potassium that it needs, leaving you fatigued and grumpy. So once again, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Volunteering

Do something that is good for the soul. The physiological benefits of volunteering run deep. Volunteering can help counteract the effects of stress and anxiety by bringing fulfillment to your life because you can see the difference that you are making in your community. After volunteering, you’ll leave feeling happy. The social aspects of volunteering can help with the physiological need for relatedness that everyone has, and volunteering with animals, specifically, can improve your mood and reduce anxiety. 

Practice Power Poses

Sit up straight. Fixing your posture can improve the way you feel about yourself and the way your body feels. Sitting up straight with your shoulders back helps people feel more confident in themselves. Amy Cuddy does a fantastic TED Talk on the meaning of body language and gives the audience poses that can make you feel more confident and reduce stress. Your body is also begging you to sit up straight. Relieve some tension that you’re putting on your poor back by improving your posture. You can keep your back from becoming fixed in abnormal positions, decrease the wear and tear of joints, and maintain bone and joint alignment by sitting up straight with your shoulders back.

People like you can achieve anything, but the first order of business should be to take care of yourself, so stay grounded, stay positive, and stay healthy, Luxembourg.

The LUX WMN Library

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Fresh out of college and passionate about photography, Deborah Copaken Kogan moved to Paris in 1988 and began knocking on photo agency doors, begging to be given a photojournalism assignment. Within weeks she was on the back of a truck in Afghanistan, the only woman—and the only journalist—in a convoy of mujahideen, the rebel “freedom fighters” at the time. She had traveled there with a handsome but dangerously unpredictable Frenchman, and the interwoven stories of their relationship and the assignment set the pace for Shutterbabe’s six chapters, each covering a different corner of the globe, each linked to a man in Kogan’s life at the time.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

A powerhouse collection of stories from the New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, Difficult Women provides a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

White Teeth: A Novel by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Even Silence Has an End by Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her captivity in the Colombian jungle, sharing powerful teachings of resilience, resistance, and faith.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez 

In 1994, a woman shows up at Dedé Mirabal’s home in the Dominican Republic for an interview about the lives of her late sisters: Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa. This unexpected visitor sends Dedé on a spiral down memory lane, resulting in the story of her sisters’ lives being told.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. 

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens. 

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Uprising by Margaret P. Haddix

The year is 1910, and the working conditions at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory are deplorable. Bella, Yetta, and Jane all become passionately involved in a workers’ strike – then bear witness to a catastrophic fire that changes everything. Uprising is a gripping account of a great labor upheaval that sparked unprecedented reforms for workplace safety.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

To purchase from Amazon click here.

We Marched, We Chanted, We celebrated, for All Women

The celebration for International Women’s Day is over; and if you missed it, we are here to give you the rundown of how the feminists of Luxembourg spent their weekend.

The strike

JIF and other co-hosts came together to create a women’s strike, allowing women to take a stance against doing jobs that they did not sign up for or are not being compensated for.

Women have been facing inequality for generations. They are often responsible for doing all of the “care work”, which means that they take on the majority of family management, caring for the elderly and settling for low-paying jobs.

At the march

LUX WMN staff and many of its readers all marched in solidarity to support this cause.

The march included a number of stops and festivities including a visit to Chambres de Députés, Gëlle Fra, The Pont Adolphe, and the Rotondes. We paused at the Chambres de Députés where the manifesto was read, including demands of all the women marching. We marched passed Gëlle Fra where there was a musical performance. The whole group processed over The Pont Adolphe, the sky filled with purple flags and the air filled with chanting in community.

The march ended at the Rotondes where the celebration continued late into the night with live performances from various artists. One of our favorite singers, C’EST KARMA even dropped her newest single “Girls”. 

A play on Sunday

Sunday morning brought a whole new spread of events for empowering the women of Luxembourg. 

The most notable of these being the performance of the play “Footnotes”. The plot was created from an initial idea author Claire Thill had while doing a research residency in Paris, which was all about “walking” and women’s marches all over the world. Claire noticed that women’s marches have a uniquely positive dynamic as well as a wide range of diverse backgrounds present. 

Claire had an idea. She wanted to create a project about the concept of walking as a form of protest. More specifically, she wanted to capture what it’s like to walk the streets to further the feminist movement. 

The plot

The plot of “Footnotes” centers around a twenty-some, white, female protagonist who has no desire to attend the women’s march because it’s raining. She would prefer to stay on the couch where she is comfortable. Her roommate convinces her to go, and she is taken on an “unusual journey” through the history of feminism. In the end, she is confronted with her privilege and finds a guiding force in an angel. 

The research for “Footnotes” was conducted by both Claire and Director Jenny Beacraft. They came up with the concept of an interdisciplinary and intersectional piece to be performed in a theater. The work shares experiences of sexism while the characters and audience learn about their own prejudices. 

Both Claire and Jenny made their work interdisciplinary by integrating opera and dance of artists coming from different backgrounds, heritages, cultures and sexual orientations. 

Unfortunately, “Footnotes” is not scheduled to be performed again, but Claire Thill is working on a few other projects including “Tropical Gothic”, which will be all about endangered/extinct animals.

There is still a battle to be fought

The festivities of International Women’s Day have come to an end, but we must remember that we have a responsibility as women, in a world where the battle for equality is not yet won.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the JIF & LUX WMN!

LUX WMN is bringing you the best way to celebrate International Women’s Day in partnership with other Luxembourgish organizations including the JIF. We will be co-hosting the strike and a plethora of fun activities leading up to International Women’s Day, and we are here to lay out the details for all of our readers. 

Women’s Strike – March 7th at 3pm

Down with the Patriarchy!
We want more time, money and respect! We are striking in order to take a stance against the inequality that women have been facing for generations. Women are often responsible for doing all of the “care work”, which means that they take on the majority of family management, caring for the elderly and settling for low-paying jobs. Join us in fighting for equality!

The strike will kick off with a march beginning at Place d’Armes headed towards Rotondes, with an afterparty at the Rotondes sure to entertain late into the night. 

Begin: Place d’Armes at 3pm
The march will begin with a performance from a local musician.

Stop #1: Chambres de Députés
After the performance, we will head over to Chambres de Députés, where the manifesto will be read aloud in all languages. 

Stop #2: Gëlle Fra
There will be a second musical performance at the Gëlle Fra.

Stop #3: The Pont Adolphe
We will be marching over the Pont Adolphe.

Finish: The Rotondes
The march will end at the Rotondes, where THE afterparty will commence. We will begin with small speeches from all of the co-hosts, including our LUX WMN team! Then, there will be music and fun until late. Some of the entertainment includes a women empowerment playlist, DJ sets by Vicky Stoll, FRANCIS OF DELIRIUM (live), C’EST KARMA (live), CASSANDRA (live), and Celine DJ Catclaw.

Getting involved:

Follow LUX WMN on social media!
Click here for Instagram
Click here for Facebook

Follow the JIF on social media!
Click here for Facebook

Make a poster & sign up to march with LUX WMN (sign up details will be live soon)!
Check out the slogans for the strike posters here. If you would like to make posters in a group setting, come to our office on Tuesday, March 3 @2pm.
Our address is:
1535 Creative Hub, Building C
115 Rue Emile Mark
Differdange, Luxembourg
For more information about the strike click here.

Looking for something to do on Sunday March 8th?

Join the JIF for a Feminine Brunch from 10am-3pm in Differdange. Contact Elizabeth Lang for more information and for reservations:
elisabeth.lang@differdange.lu
T – (+352) 661 379 708
*Reservations before March 4, 2020

Check out the full day of events that the JIF has planned on their website! https://fraestreik.lu/events/2020-03-08/

How the fuck do I… GET STARTED?


Owning our own company or being our own boss is a dream for many of us. Sadly, lack of stability and worry over risk often means that particular dream doesn’t become a reality. However, here in Luxembourg, you may find your opportunity comes a-knockin’. In the first of our regular series, ‘How the fuck do I…?’, we discuss the basics of just getting your idea off the ground. After all, we’ve got to start somewhere.

First piece of advice from entrepreneurs will always be ‘do something that you love‘. Read any of the interviews from our magazine full of entrepreneurial LUX WMN and it is the one common theme. You will dedicate long hours and sacrifice a great deal to make this idea just happen, let alone be successful, so you must love your product of service with a passion.

Now, do your research. You have an idea; that’s wonderful – is anybody interested? There are numerous ways of measuring success and not everything needs to just make money, but if that is one of your goals then you need to know your product and the landscape. Ask questions, read up, reach out to your network. Luxembourg is going through an economic transition and the government is keen to support an engaged entrepreneurial scene, which means there is help out there for you.

Then transform this research into a concise business plan that includes facts, figures and projections. Get it down on paper; you’ll undoubtedly come across some surprises. Right now, legal status; what are you going to be? Sole proprietorship means more flexibility and less paperwork, but you assume all the risk and commit your personal assets. Or a more commercial option including a limited liability company (SARL) under the guise of a partnership or société de personnes (S.N.C), or a public limited company (PLC) where the partners’ liability is limited to the amount of their contributions.

You also need to check the company name is available. Your request can be submitted online to the Luxembourg Business Register (go to lbr.lu; you’ll need to LuxTrust token. When in Luxembourg do you not need your token?) and once it has been processed you have 20 days to download the certificate of availability (libre).

You now need to start making this a reality and you’ll need to apply for a business permit issued by the Ministry of the Economy. To obtain one you need to reside in the EU, have the necessary qualifications, a clean, professional reputation (you will need a notary to sign a statement and a small fee is involved), and a fixed and suitable place of operation.

Now for more admin: visit the Centre Commun de la Securite Sociale (CCSS) to register for social security. If your total income as an entrepreneur is less than ¢666.20 (monthly), you can choose not to pay this, but you may receive reduced benefits. If you plan to live off your business -after all that’s the whole point – then you will likely pay 25% of your taxable income in social security. You also need to register for VAT, which you can do by submitting an initial declaration to the Land Registration and Estate Department. It is your responsibility to collect this dollar from your clients and transfer it into the government! Other taxes? Yep, the Luxembourg Administration des contributions directes (ACD) will contact you about income tax. Yep, taxes; and you thought you would be working for yourself!

These are essentially your admin basics – we need to talk financing, launching, hustling, all sorts – but we can save that for future editions. Hopefully you have enough here to just get started. Just do it. Now.

For lots of great information, go to guichet.public.lu/en/entreprises/creation-developpement.html.

This article was written for LUX WMN, Issue #1 by Charley Larcombe.