From Slow Sex to Porna – A 21st Century Sexual Revolution in the Lowlands

Marije Janssen #cconDutch CatalystCon West - September 28, 2013

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  1. There’s something happening in that small country called the Netherlands. Despite, or maybe thanks to the current conservative winds, which are blowing through the lowlands. For over four decades The Netherlands have been known for their open-minded mentality towards sexuality. Unfortunately much of this claim has crumbled in the past ten years. Sexual freedom is not a given anymore: the Red Light District is under attack, we lost our title of Gay Capital of Europe to Berlin, national institutions to promote sexual diversity are gone.

    But out of the ashes, something new is blooming. Some call this revival of sexual awareness the slow sex movement, others call it a sexual revolution 2.0 or even 3.0. Whatever name it carries, it’s growing through the nooks and crannies. Slowly, but steady, creating a foundation for a more sex positive discourse. From the explorations of the queer community to kinksters becoming BDSM activists. From intellectual discussions about the importance of sex in our society to the rise of porna (yes, it’s ‘porna’) for women on national television.

    With the growing possibilities of creating space (both literally and figuratively speaking) in the Netherlands for new views on sexuality, I want to talk about my experiences in being part of this revolution, which certainly is not limited to just this small country in Europe. My presentation is also about reaching out to people and communities, to combine forces, knowledge and inspire each other across the Atlantic Ocean.
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