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Belgium’s Sex Strike

Posted on Feb 11, 2011

Belgium’s Sen. Marleen Temmerman knows how to get the country’s attention.

A Belgian senator and gynecologist has suggested that citizens of the country protest the current impasse in forming a new government by—we kid you not—abstaining from sexual activity until a new administration is installed. —JCL

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Some push for bigger compromises and deeper concessions when dealing with political impasses. A senator in Belgium has suggested that the government overcome its political deadlock with an entirely different tactic: a ban on sex.

Marleen Temmerman, a Belgian senator and gynecologist, suggested that there be “no more sex until a new administration.”

Belgium has not had a government for eight months.

“By going on a sex strike we can protest in our thousands, quietly but effectively. Liberals, Catholics, Muslims or whatever: abstain from sex until the new administration is posing for an official portrait on the steps of the Royal Palace,” Temmerman, a member of the Socialist Party, wrote in a column published in Belgian daily De Standaard.

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By Anarcissie, February 13, 2011 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

rico—I was hoping to get through this discussion without the kind of frat-boy display you have just provided.  Please pull up your socks.

Fat Freddy—Why should E.U. be democratic?  On the other hand, why should Belgium even exist as a state?  These are not rhetorical questions.  Farange does not seem to have looked into history, into the story of how and why things are as they are.  Hence my mention of tribalism.  In Europe, it is a harmful delusion, but still evidently a potent one.  Europe is capitalist; capitalism destroys tribal relations.  The real ones are long gone; the false ones are exploited by such as Hitler.  It is long since time to leave them behind.

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By rico, suave, February 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment

By the looks of it Temmerman will have no trouble persuading men to support her personal sex strike.

It’s the 60’s sexual revolution all over again- ugly women trying desperately to get laid by giving it away for free but quickly realizing that college guys really liked cute girls, hated Joni Mitchell, and they couldn’t even give it away, so they crossed their feminist/lesbian-while-in-college unshaven legs, hoping the old Victorian tease would work, which it didn’t, so they’re eternaly pissed, never ever willing to admit that sex is what it is.

Poll question- How many truthdiggers have looked their lovers in the eye and said- “No nookie until the polls close on the west coast”?

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By Fat Freddy, February 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment


Both Hitler and Stalin tried to rid Europe of “tribalism”. How did that work out?

Just look at how well the EU has handled the banking crisis. Who has fared better? The EU member states, or the non-EU states? Iceland had probably the biggest exposure to bad mortgage securities, yet they chose not to bail out their banks, for he most part, and are now recovering.  The EU experiment has never been about “politics”, it’s been about economics. The Euro was supposed to bring “stability” to the markets, and the EU was supposed to allow for free trade. The funny thing is, non-member states, such as Switzerland and Norway, have handled the crisis much better than the member states, and the non-member states still have free trade with member states. The Euro currency and Union is a trap. What was supposed to bring relief has resulted in takeovers, as in the cases of Greece and Ireland.

I think the point Farage was trying to make about Belgium, is that there is no justification for having Belgian representatives in the European Parliament, when they don’t have a legitimate, democratic government.

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By Anarcissie, February 12, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

Farage’s views seem rather naive to me.  It was admirable of him to disdain to worship Prince Charles, but Britain is ill-suited for the sort of nationalist politics he appears to espouse.  So, in fact, is Belgium—it is a composite state put together mainly to keep the Dutch out of France and the French out of the Netherlands, a problem in foreign policy for the then-imperial British of a few centuries ago.  Poor Europe, still cursed with tribalism!  You’d think after their 20th-century experience they’d be leading the world in getting rid of it.

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By Fat Freddy, February 12, 2011 at 11:16 am Link to this comment


It isn’t stated why Belgium needs a government; it has done without one for eight months.

Ask Nigel Farage.

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By rollzone, February 12, 2011 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

hello. interesting the perceived power of sex in
culture. these are not the French, able to acquiesce to
idiocy. the Belgium are more likely to rape when
confronted with lunacy. no orgasm for mamma. my, home
life will be unbearable. is she parading for a
statement, or increases in domestic violence? that
humming sound in the bathroom better be a shaver. blue
balls, why did a man not propose this sooner? say
anything idiotic for your moment of global recognition.
we need the distraction from our own idiot in chief.

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By Anarcissie, February 12, 2011 at 10:12 am Link to this comment

Lysistrata led a strike against too much government, that is, a war.  See  It isn’t stated why Belgium needs a government; it has done without one for eight months.  Evidently the legislators who are supposed to form one find no pressing need to do so.  Perhaps they should call it a day and go home and find real jobs.

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By HC, February 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.”

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By SarcastiCanuck, February 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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First,right on TDoff.Second,In support of Ms.Temmerman I will stop masturbating until Belgium has a new government.Wow,do I ever feel empowered now.I am now starting my own movement.I would like everyone in America to stop taking poops until politicians stop making stupid statements.Oh oh,think I’m gonna blow!!!

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By TDoff, February 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

Hey now, this suggests some possibilities! What if the Gopers and the Teabaggers and the rest of the lunatic right got together and swore to **** each others’ brains out until the government changed? That should be a popular movement. ‘Course, the downside would be that in just a couple of years, all the Jesus camps would be asking for government subsidies to provide for the massive influx of toddling Crazy’Conservative’KooksforChrist-to-be.

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