In 1998, Fortuyn published an autobiographical work called
Babyboomers, the name given to children born in the post-war years up to 1953. He reveals that he had early sexual experiences with adult males, which he claims to have found pleasurable and exciting. His logic is that because he enjoyed sexual experiences with adult men as a child, it should be legal.
[* As a politician, Pim Fortuyn was a proponent of
legalization of consensual 'pedophile' relationships. Before he entered politics, Pim Fortuyn wrote a column in which he supported the emancipation of consensual intergenerational contacts.]
Fortuyn's first experience occurred when he was five years old.
"The Dutch soldier asks if I want to see his tent. That's what I want. I like it and they all are sleeping on the ground in a sleeping-bag. I ask if it is hard and cold to sleep on the ground. Oh no, come here. Together we crawl in his sleeping-bag. The soldier asks my name and I ask his name.
He is called Arie and he asks if I like that name. Yes, I think that's a nice name and I lie beside him, nice and warm."
Fortuyn then described a close sexual encounter with the soldier before leaving his sleeping-bag "to go and play outside." He added:
"Can I come back tomorrow? Yes, tomorrow I may come back, says
A few pages later, he describes another incident:
"I went to the park for a walk, it was very silent and the sun was shining. On the bench sat a young fellow. I stood still, curious."
Fortuyn relates another sexual encounter - this time in explicit detail. He concludes:
"I was frightened and ran away to my home, to my mother. Excited, I ran into the room. My mother looked at me searchingly and asked what had happened. Nothing, of course. Watch out, little man, was the only thing she said. A glass of lemonade made me calm down. Yes, that was exciting."
Most telling is his appraisal of these memories.
"In chapter 1 about the 1950s, I wrote about my early sexual experiences, experiences that I see as an enrichment. Today, an experience like that in the
park could easily lead to a complaint by parents to the police because of paedophilia, and the relevant young man would be in trouble. But why?
He didn't do me any harm. On the contrary, he showed me something that was incomprehensibly exciting and I could feel and touch it, but today we are ready to interfere with complete teams of professionals. By interfering in such an irritating and grown-up way in the world of children, we make an
enormous problem of something that for a child is no problem at all and is only exciting."