Gewoon doen. Acceptatie van homoseksualiteit in Nederland
English title: Just doing what comes naturally. Acceptance of homosexuality in the Netherlands
Author(s): Saskia Keuzenkamp - David Bos - Jan Willem Duyvendak - Gert Hekma -
Type: Book (monograph)
According to international comparative opinion research, the Netherlands is among the countries where homosexuality is the most widely accepted. Moreover, in recent decades the Dutch government has led the way in according equal rights to homosexual citizens. Any number of famous Dutch figures openly profess their homosexuality; gays and lesbians figure on television programmes and in commercials; negative statements about homosexuals elicit indignant reactions from opinion leaders. In recent years, however, a number of developments have taken place which rather contradict this image of complete acceptance. Hostility towards homosexuality is common in schools, making life more diffi cult for homosexual teachers and pupils than for their heterosexual counterparts. Gays and lesbians are not infrequently insulted in the streets or even physically assaulted; in some neighbourhoods their lives are made a misery, and in orthodox religious circles homosexuality is regarded as a sin. How can these two images be reconciled? Are contemporary expressions of homophobia merely exceptions, excesses or remnants of the past? Do they perhaps stand out because the Dutch today are more alert to discrimination against homosexuals? Or is homophobia genuinely on the rise, for example as a result of changes in the population profile? At the request of the government, the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) carried out a study into the acceptance of homosexuality in the Netherlands. This study provides answers to the following questions: 1. What is the present attitude of the Dutch population towards homosexuality, homosexual men and lesbian women, and homosexual behaviour? 2. What trends are evident in the acceptance of homosexuality in the Netherlands? 3. Which population groups in particular have negative attitudes to homosexuality? 4. What are the implications of the study findings for policy on homosexual emancipation, and how can developments in attitudes to homosexuality best be measured in the future?
City: Den Haag
Number of pages: 258