This act is seen as a human right in the Netherlands that’s even funded by the state.

We guess you’re certainly not a virgin at your age. So when was the last time you got laid? Or to put it straight forward, when was your last sexual intercourse? Ours was last night, huh? Whatever! Do you think having sex should be seen as a basic human right, and thus all manner of persons should have legal rights to enjoy it as much as they please? We know this is a hard one to call, but here’s the catch: the Dutch see sex as a basic right — meaning that everyone who wants to participate in this activity should be able to enjoy it. Dear friends, would you like to get paid to get laid?

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Hey There! I Wanna Get Laid

The Dutch are known for their incredible social subsidies on everything — from education to housing and their social welfare. This has included the rights to enjoy sexual intercourse. Prostitution is legal in the country, and the government is boosting the domestic sex economy; but one of the more surprising Dutch sex laws is that they offer government-subsidies for it’s disabled citizens as well. Simply put it, sex is increasingly characterized as a basic right everyone should be able to enjoy.

However, there is no direct “sex grant,” the benefits disabled citizens get could be used however they choose. According to certain reports, disabled citizens could use these benefits as much as 12 times in a year to get access to commercial sex services, but this information is quite elusive. In 2014, Chris Fulton, a 29-year-old Dutch citizen with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, even launched a campaign calling on the Dutch government to introduce a more concrete grant scheme.

Besides the obvious pleasure, sexual intercourse has been proven to be a form of mental and physical therapy. Psychology says, it has the ability to fulfill your need for intimacy, validation, stress relief and a stronger self-esteem. Many experts say its a known antidote to stress and even pain management. Several research and many testimonies from people, social workers, caretakers and affected individuals demand the increased access to sex services for citizens with disabilities.

Image: AFP / Getty Images Plus | Sex workers protesting in the Netherlands

Get Paid, Get Laid

You might have guessed already, this has a lot of controversy surrounding it, with most citizens objecting to the government funding such a risque business with taxes. But other advocates like professors, social workers and medical practitioners have positively responded to the claim that it’s not only supporting commercial sex trade, but a basic right that addresses health issues. However, most critics cite the tendency of abuse on the part of disabled citizens, with disable women being at the risk of male sex workers.

Another controversial issue is also of consent. Can citizens with mental disabilities call for sex services, even if they’re of legal age? That one’s too quirky to judge. For instance, a parent offered to help her son with down syndrome lose his virginity was accused of being disgusting. (Your mom wants you to get laid? How impressive). Medical ethics experts often discuss how sex and disability should be in the interest of protecting the vulnerability of the individuals from abuse.

Image: AFP / Getty Images| The Red Light District in Amsterdam

I’m Cummin’ Soon

Perhaps the most poignant question isn’t about subsidizing sex services, it could be about the risk the disabled community might endure.

Image: AFP / Getty Images| The Red Light District in Amsterdam

“If you’re growing up as a disabled child or someone who’s just come to disability, how does that affect how you feel about yourself?” Mik Scarlet, an advocate for the sexuality for disability movement, told the Guardian, “I don’t want a world where it’s easier for disabled people to visit sex workers, I want a world that sees disabled people as sexual and valid prospective partners.”

It wouldn’t be a surprise that this issue might soon be of interest in the United States. This issue is worth discussing, not as a right, but as a means of radically changing our stereotypical views about how we perceive and assimilate persons living with disabilities in our societies. Its soon becoming a key element in the fight against the stigmatization of persons with disabilities face around the world. What do you think about sex as a right? Let us know in comments.

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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Thu Oct 01, 2020.



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