Belgium’s Sex Strike
Posted on Feb 11, 2011
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
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.
Belgium’s Sen. Marleen Temmerman knows how to get the country’s attention.