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Science & Cocktails: In search of sexual pleasure

Science & Cocktails: In search of sexual pleasure

dinsdag 25 april 2023

dinsdag 25 april 2023

In Tolhuistuin - Club

Doors: 19:30, Main programme: 20:30

  • Program is half seated, half standing

Science & Cocktails is a series of public talks by scientists with live music and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand. 

19:30 doors open for cocktails
19:45 Astronaut (live band)
20:30 Dr. Marieke Dewitte (talk)
Event in English, semi-seated.

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In search of sexual pleasure

Are there gender differences in the experience of sexual pleasure? How does sexual arousal work between partners? How can we go beyond the shame and create more openness about sex?

Pleasure is the most important reason to have sex and yet, this has been long ignored. Why is this? And where did the idea that women experience less sexual pleasure than men come from? It is remarkable that men and women experience sexual pleasure differently while their sexual systems work in the same way. There is a very clear pleasure gap in which men experience more pleasure than women. 

In this talk, researcher Marieke Dewitte will delve into the world of sexual desire, arousal and orgasm and will discuss the differences and similarities that appear between genders. According to Dewitte, within discussions on the pleasure gap, too much emphasis is being placed on prevention and gender differences. We need a more positive approach. During this Science & Cocktails, Marieke will talk about the implications and how we can achieve more gender equality when it comes to sexual pleasure. In addition, she will also explore sexual pleasure and arousal in romantic relationships. In the sexlab at Maastricht University, Dewitte researches how partners stimulate each other's sexual arousal. Her aim is to challenge shame, taboos and myths around sex and to take us on a journey of her findings on sexual pleasure. 

This event is an initiative by the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) with the support of NWA Route 2. Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is presented in cooperation with Paradiso Amsterdam.



  • Astronaut

​Marieke Dewitte

Marieke Dewitte is clinical psychologist-sexologist and currently works at Maastricht University. She studied at RINO Amsterdam and Gent University, where she also did her PhD on attachment in romantic relationships. Ze teaches several different courses, guest lectures and workshops on sexuality, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Her research focuses on sexual interaction between partners, relational dynamics in sexual arousal, attachment in relation to sexual responses and genital pain in women. In addition to her research, Marieke has worked as a sexologist at the University Hospital of Gent and Maastricht. Currently she is chief editor of the scientific magazine ‘Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie’ and Secretary General of the European Society of Sexual Medicine. 


De compromisloze liedjes van Astronaut zijn goudeerlijk en onvervalst. De teksten zijn te omschrijven als filosofisch met een nuchterheid uit de achterhoek (kijk maar wat je daar mee kunt). Met de creatief opgebouwde muziek van Astronaut haal je al snel de zomer in huis! Na twee zelfgeproduceerde EP’s en een ‘Kleinste Theaters van Nederland Tour’ maakt Astronaut zich op voor een debuutalbum. 

Astronaut - Breekbaar/klein

Astronaut - Breekbaar/klein

Astronaut - Breekbaar/klein

How to get to Tolhuistuin

Tolhuistuin (formerly Paradiso Noord) is located at IJpromenade 2 in Amsterdam North. A free ferry is departing from Amsterdam Central Station to Buiksloterweg. Turn left and you’ll walk into Tolhuistuin. For club nights, the rear entrance is used (Buiksloterweg 5C), which can be reached via the Overhoeksplein. Restaurant THT serves an extensive menu for any music lover – making a reservation is recommended.

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