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The “success story” of Dutch sexuality education

In this step you will watch a documentary about Dutch sexuality education.
An illustration with four scenes of sexuality education.
© University of Groningen

Research demonstrates that teenage pregnancy in the Netherlands is among the lowest in the world. In the United States for example teenage pregnancy is four times higher than in the Netherlands. In addition, while sexually transmitted infections (STI) are common, there is low prevalence in the general population.

As you will see in this documentary Dutch lessons in love: The history of sexual evolution, the succes story of sex education in the Netherlands is informed by a particular reading of its own history, as well as on empirical facts.

While you watch it, keep in mind the following questions:

  • What is the overall narrative here?
  • How does this video represent the past?
  • What is considered progress in terms of gender and sexual wellbeing? How is the future represented?

The questions will be discussed in the following step.

CONTENT WARNING: The following documentary includes a brief scene of nudity.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Dutch Lessons in Love Part 1: Sixty years of sexual evolution in the Netherlands ©Rutgers


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