My wife and I recently returned from a trip to the Netherlands.
We love Amsterdam – the compact urban design, beautiful fit people, liberal ideals, the 10:1 ratio of bikes to cars, the museums, the European culture (although the coffee was surprisingly so-so)
And the Red Light District. This is often a polarizing issues – the prominence of the sex work in Amsterdam. We went into the Red Light District a couple of times and had a really good time. Here are a few things that stand out:
- It is amazingly clean and safe. The Red Light District is absolutely buzzing with activity every night, but the feeling is incredibly safe and comfortable for all – men, women, couples…
- The women are beautiful. I, like many, have this preconceived notion of street-level prostitutes as aging, long in the tooth unhappy victims. This is not Amsterdam. The women were absolutely gorgeous.
- Nobody takes it too seriously. It felt like an adult disney world. Most people in the streets and at the sex clubs seemed to be having some good clean (dirty) fun.
- It works. The Dutch model of decriminalized, regulated prostitution seems to work The sex workers were beautiful, engaging, and to all appearances, vivacious and happy (and this is tough to fake night after night so I will assume the appearances belie a truth – they are happy to be doing what they’re doing).
Sure its a little cheesy, but for a good time, check it out.