I will be posting a few blogs over the next month detailing my study adventure to one of the sex capitals of the world. Each week I’m going to “attempt” to find some time in between study and site seeing, to respond to a couple questions that my husband (in Australia without me *sad face*) will be asking over email about my observations, what I’m learning, and experiences here.
Sam: Where are you and what are you doing?
I am in Amsterdam doing a grad course on Sexuality!!!
Sam: Why this course and why Amsterdam?
This course looks at the frameworks of sexuality within society; we will explore the history of sexuality (both the science and social constructs), gender, stigma’s, female sexuality / empowerment, and the overall impact of sex on society.
Amsterdam is a very progressive city and they lead the way in sexual research, so studying here is a dream come true and will be an eye opening experience.
Sam: First impressions?
The city is so cute. So many beautiful places to see. I really like the lifestyle – everyone just seems very health and environmentally conscious. That’s definitely my vibe! Dutch people are friendly and very direct.
Sam: Anything you are nervous about?
I’m not nervous about anything besides being homesick, ha.
Sam: What do you hope to take away from this experience?
New perspective! It's a small class, but 12 different nations are represented... so it will be interesting to learn about other cultures perspectives on sexuality. Challenge my thinking.
I really want to better understand sexual liberation, I think that the past few generations believe we've been liberated from a sexually repressed system, but we actually haven't - it just looks different. I also really want to be able to better understand female empowerment verse female objectification from a sociological perspective. Where is the line, who really has the power? For example, is posting a half naked selfie because I am empowered and feel good in my skin OR is it really "the man" or capitalism, if I am sexy people will like me and accept me.
Will post again after this first week. I hope that sharing a few of my thoughts and this experience here may encourage you to ask questions and have conversations about sex too.