- De Seksparadox: Nederland na de Seksuele Revolutie
- Volume | Issue number
- 9 | 3/4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS)
With the sexual revolution of the ‘long sixties’, the Dutch waved goodbye to old-fashioned times of religious suppression by embracing a modern time of secular emancipation. But the revolution also brought paradoxes and contradictions. More than ever, sexuality is in the public domain, but heterosexuality and monogamy remain uncontested social norms. Feminism keeps fighting off its outmoded image, but women still have unequal positions on the labour market and in bed. Acceptance of homosexuality dramatically increased over the last decades, but diversity in sexuality and gender is far from self-evident in society. And while sexual emancipation used to be the exclusive prerogative of left-wing, progressive ideologies, currently right-wing nationalist movements have taken over the rhetoric of sexual emancipation. We argue that these paradoxes are an inevitable result of the logic of the sexual revolution itself, which is based on a widely accepted but deeply problematic definition of emancipation.
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