Episode 80: Sex and Culture

April 1, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 80: Sex and Culture


We’re going back to the brothel in today’s episode! This is the second part of a two-part series of interviews I conducted in a sex club in Amsterdam during a recent study abroad course I taught for sex therapists. We invited several folks who work in the sex industry to come speak with us in small groups, and it was absolutely fascinating!

In this episode, you’ll be hearing from a Dutch sex educator (Anna Jansen) who teaches teachers how to talk about sex, as well as a social worker (Renée Brouwer) who works with victims of human trafficking in the sex work industry. Some of the topics we’ll explore include:

  • The distinction between sex work and sex trafficking.
  • Why so much sex work in the Netherlands occurs underground outside of the legal system.
  • How sex trafficking can still occur even with a legalized, government-regulated system.
  • Legal changes that could make sex work safer.
  • What sex education looks like in the Netherlands.
  • How to make sex education work for everyone.
  • Why attitudes toward sex in the Netherlands aren’t as liberal people on the outside think.

If you haven’t listened to the first part of this series, check out Episode 79 for interviews with two Dutch sex workers.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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