May 26, 2012

Dutch prostitute twins... in their old age.



It's a new documentary movie:
"You did the work, you've been a whore," [says Louise]. "You'll never get rid of that name. They'll always call you names, so be one."...

"This is the story we wanted to tell," directors Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schroder said in a statement. "Louise and Martine are real old-fashioned Amsterdam hookers: liberated, cheerful and not scared of anybody."
Is that their real name: Fokkens?

16 comments:

cassandra lite said...

Is the documentary titled MEET THE FOKKENS?

The Crack Emcee said...

"You've got the skin, you've been a nigger." You'll never get rid of that name. They'll always call you names, so be one."...

That's how a lot of black people think, for a while.

Then they grow up,....

edutcher said...

Nice little indictment of the welfare state.

Ann Althouse said...

Is that their real name: Fokkens?

You've never seen "Meet The Parents".

PS In English, it means "breed" or "raise animals".

Roll your own.

pm317 said...

Is that their real name: Fokkens?

May be that is what gave them the idea in the first place. It is a tourist attraction in Amsterdam and have seen scantily dressed women sitting by the window reading a book! They get medical check up every month and other benefits from the state.

Mitchell said...

A long career in the prostitution business would seem to require the ability to encourage men to think of themselves as adequate.

Wally Kalbacken said...

Conjures up the Del Rubio Sisters. Really impossible to imagine there is a market for that at any transaction price (even massively negative).

bagoh20 said...

Amsterdam seems icky. I feel I would need a shower after visiting.

Methadras said...

Poor Holland citizen whores not getting enough from the government. Where is the justice?

chickelit said...

Ouwehoeren...literally old whores....the words remind me of Oudegracht which sounds dirty (it is) but is the proper name of the "old canal" in Utrecht. The word gracht doesn't sound at all like canal and it's not etymologically related. Gracht is more akin to our word grave or groove in the sense of ditch.

I love the twins' Amsterdam accent.

ricpic said...

Old whores and old homos: could there be anything sadder?

Palladian said...

Grouchy old Jews, ricpic?

William said...

I would imagine that in younger days that, as a twin act, they would have been able to charge a premium. They probably made a ton of money, but easy come, easy go. Or maybe they just like their job and use this as an excuse to keep plugging away. Maybe some women feel that prostitution is a fulfillment of their sexual destiny.

Geoff Matthews said...

Reminds me of a scene from 1984.
A disturbing scene.

alan markus said...

You can't live off a state pension

This kind of explains the desire for teachers to be eligible for early retirement - while there's a few good years left on their bodies.

Dale Light said...

Amsterdam certainly has its problems [especially with ethnic antagonisms] and even native residents are beginning to doubt the wisdom of its drug and prostitution policies [which attract what many consider to be undesirable people into the city], but Amsterdam is gorgeous and contains some of the world's greatest art, and the people can be wonderful. I would not describe it as "icky". passed ECDivid

Lezer said...

Yes, the verb "fokken" means to breed, and unlike its English cognate it doesn't have an obscene ring to it. However, the name Fokkens has nothing to do with it. It means descendant of Fokke (which is a Frisian rather than a Dutch name).

Half a mile from where I live there's an antique bookshop whose owner bears the name Fukkink.

Some neutral English words sound like Dutch four letter words. (We call them three letter words.) It's hard not to think of Dutch "lul" when I hear Chet Baker (who met his end in Amsterdam) or Ella Fitzgerald sing "Oh, there's a lull in my life" ...