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Brandeis University

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Fall 2013

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Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


This report seeks to explore the experiences and complications men face romantically and sexually when ethnicity and race are used as focus lenses to reflect upon the participants' past interpersonal interactions. The interviews and analyses within this article reflect the ways in which Dutch ethnic/racial norms and stereotypes shape attraction and desire, and how men who pursue other men romantically and/or sexually negotiate with said external constructions of identity. Research in this paper provides the reader with insight into race relations on an intimate level through the participants' personal narratives, revealing the complexity of Dutch race relations on the most intimate levels. Many may claim that race is not an issue in the Netherlands, but this report proves that although race may no longer be a volatile issue, it and ethnicity are certainly relevant factors in the pursuit of romance and sex between men.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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