"Sexual morals not government's concern"

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1 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – Rather than "moralising" about the sexualisation of society the cabinet would do better to improve the position of women with measures which the government is authorised to take: fighting poverty and improving labour participation. "Sexual morals cannot and should not be regulated by a government."

1 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – Rather than "moralising" about the sexualisation of society the cabinet would do better to improve the position of women with measures which the government is authorised to take: fighting poverty and improving labour participation. "Sexual morals cannot and should not be regulated by a government."

These are the comments from green-left GroenLinks faction leader Femke Halsema in response to the Emancipation Memorandum presented on Friday by Minister Plasterk for Education, Culture and Science. The memo states that the cabinet is concerned about the "sexualisation of society." The perception of women and girls should be changed, the cabinet said.

"Plasterk should be careful not to become the minister of hot air," says Halsema. She says the memo is "very disappointing" and "vague." The position of women must be improved. Halsema thinks this is more important than "urging for a new kind of prudishness."

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