Sex Education in The Netherlands is not as neutral as we think / /

An interview with Cultural Encounters team member Jelle Wiering is published on the Dutch blog NEMO Kennislink. In this interview her reflects on his research on sex education in The Netherlands. He shares insights from his fieldwork, which he did amongst other things through becoming a sex educator in high schools himself. The blog covers various of his findings, including the conclusion that in most sex education lessons it is emphasized that girls have to set boundaries, while boys are encouraged to listen. The assumption that people in the Netherlands speak openly about sexuality, uninfluenced by norms and moralities, is not confirmed in the study. Rather, Jelle’s research demonstrates that because of this assumption, policy makers and practitioners are not aware of how sexual norms are enforced, nor how this influences young peoples sexualities and how they negotiate this in daily life.

Read the blog in Dutch here