Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about how the Dutch go about in dealing with their social problem
Central Idea: When it comes to dealing with its social problems the Dutch do so with an attitude of tolerance and respect
I. Imagine the reaction if George Bush announced tomorrow that he was planning to legalize prostitution, marijuana, gay marriages and Euthanasia there probably would be uproar.
II. People would say he'd lost his mind, arguing that his plans would be nothing but a recipe for disaster possibly resulting in social anarchy.
III. Yet there is a country that not only practices these policies, but also has had huge success in doing so.
A. This Country is Holland and like any other society in the world, it has its fair share of social problems
IV. Today I hope to inform you about the unique way the Dutch go about in dealing with their social problems
(Transition: I'll begin with Prostitution)
I. Prostitution of some form has been around for more than 2,000 years
II. The Dutch Government accepts it as something they can't change and so don't get uptight about it. It will happen anyway, whether its prohibited or not
A. So they legalize it
1. The logic is simple - tolerate it and have control of it, prohibit it and subsequently watch it spiral out of control.
B. Basically legalizing it prevents prostitution from going underground.
1. And with it under their watchful eye they can then promote safe sex and hygiene and generally prevent the mistreatment of women forced to work as prostitutes.
C. Because they are licensed, Prostitutes must undergo regular health examinations, with Aids tests done every half a year.
And no sex ever takes place without a condom.
Customers who refuse to wear one are immediately turned away.
D. Also the country's Municipal Health Services run free clinics where both women and clients can go get an anonymous checkup.
(Transition: This tolerant, pragmatic attitude towards prostitution is prevalent in how the Dutch deal with all its social problems)
I. Take Pot for example
II. I'm sure many of you have heard all about Holland's many coffee shops
A. But for those who know nothing about them. These coffee shops are places where people Can openly and legally purchase Marijuana.
They began about in the mid 70's but only really took off ten years ago, prompted by the idea that places selling marijuana and hash would help keep young people away from hard drugs.
By getting it from these places, they are not exposed to sellers who peddle hard drugs.
B. There are a total of 1,000 throughout the country. The government limits the number of
licenses it give out to no more than that number.
1. The rules are firm too, no more than 5 grams per person, no hard drugs, no alcohol, no advertising, no under-18 customers, everybody must show an I.D. if...