French Kissing No Longer Considered As Rapey In The Netherlands

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 13, 2013

Tongues away, everyone! A Dutch Supreme Court panel decided on Tuesday that forcible French-kissing should not be on par with rape. For 15 years, The Netherlands’ criminal code stated a “forced-tongue kiss” and rape both carried a maximum 12-year prison sentence. But this panel of three men and two women overturned a rape conviction on a man who forcibly French kissed a woman, instead ruling that forced tongue kissing is indecent (sexual) assault, which carries a lesser eight-year sentence.

Now, I most certainly do not approve of forced anything in the realm of sexual sexytimes. CONSENT, y’all! But you might be wondering, as I did, why forcing your tongue in someone’s mouth was seen as criminal as forcing your penis in someone’s anus/vagina/mouth . According to the Daily Beast, The Netherlands have a broad definition of rape as “any form of unwanted sexual penetration,” which mean to include penetrating body part into any orifice. I guess these judges decided the law needed to be more nuanced. What do you think of the decision? Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments! [The Daily Beast]