And it’s yet another sex culture festival! Ogle the girls modeling the latest lingerie fashions, check out the assorted condoms, sex toys and other marital aids, and then amble home to put them to the test. Sounds like a weekend well spent!
It seems the 9th edition of the Guangzhou Sex Culture Festival was distinct in that it was attended by a large number of senior citizens, who look to be certainly glad that they lived long enough to see this New China everybody was agitating for, back in the day.
We continue to be perplexed by the obvious absurdity of these sex conventions, which consist of plenty of nearly nude women parading in broad daylight in a country that still doesn’t allow for legal strip clubs or pornographic literature.
No pleasure principle?
There seems to be an inherent disconnect between the pornographic and sex product industries in China.
Most of the world’s dildos and rubber vagina molds of your favorite porn thespians are made in China, so it would make sense that they should flood local markets here. Often termed adult yongpin (用品), which translates directly as adult ‘articles’, it seems that products used for getting busy are thought of as functional tools related to family planning, and are there to aid in procreation, rather than objects of lust or titillation. They would certainly never be referred to as toys; they are utilitarian, rather than hedonistic.
The disconnect means that pornography and nudity in film and television are for the most part still outlawed (or at the very least frowned upon), while ordinary-looking sex shops selling adult pacifiers are as prevalent in most neighborhoods as copy & print shops.
A Horny Guangdong is a Happy Guangdong
A deputy secretary-general of Guangdong recently said that the state of his constituency’s sex lives was a quality of life issue:
“There will not be a happy Guangdong without local residents having happy sex lives,” said Zhang Feng, deputy secretary-general of Guangdong provincial government.
Zhang said more than 20 per cent of single people suffered from a feeling of sexual repression in the province.
One far-fetched reason we’d once heard concerning why prostitution is more or less allowed in China concerns the fact that migrant workers (and men in general, we presume) would be far more unruly and more likely to cause trouble if they were denied some measure of sexual release.
Anyone far from home, lonely, frustrated and with no chance of finding local women to be with in urban locales would have a great deal of their angst allayed with the services of prostitutes, goes the thinking, and apparently the same idea regarding lack of sex and societal chaos holds water in Guangdong:
Local psychologist Chen Yunxiang said more psychiatric consulting centers should be set up to help guide single people suffering from a feeling of sexual repression, disseminate sexual knowledge and promote the idea of having healthy sex lives.
“Those who suffer from sexual repression easily break the laws and rules unless they can find a place to let off their sense of frustration,” he said.
Meanwhile, a recent survey of 1,000 middle school and high school students found that 27 percent had no clue that a fetus lived inside a woman’s uterus, with over a third of students polled declaring they had no sex education. 48 percent of students who did receive sex education criticized it for being too conservative.
So perhaps more sex culture festivals are needed, and should be mandatory destinations for student field trips. Regardless of whether or not they seem to exploit some cultural loophole, or are simply allowed (as with late-night bust-increasing bra commercials) because they’re using sex to sell something, sex culture festivals are an outlet for sexual expression, no matter how indicative of a schizophrenic culture they might be.