Marleen Temmerman, a gynecologist and a member of the Flemish-speaking Socialist Party in Belgium, recently caused a bit of a stir when, in an attempt to end a political deadlock, she wrote: “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.”
New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) gained control in June of 2010, but has yet to agree on a coalition with opposing parties. As a result, Belgium has been without government since June.
A spokesperson from N-VA responded to Temmerman's suggestion of a sex strike, saying, “As we think this statement is extremely stupid, we do not want to comment upon it.”
We're kinda confused ourselves. We get the sex strike part. We're just not getting how the government's going to know its constituents aren't having sex. Or, for that matter, why they'll care.
Rest assured, Temmerman's comment was a joke, and she's just as confused as we are.
“I see two different groups of people here,” she said. “You have people who see the humor who can laugh about it. And you have people who don't see the humor of it at all. I think it's just ridiculous to get upset about it, to make nasty comments about it.”
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