Taiwan’s rights activists are really on-point this month…sticking it to the man and looking out for the little guy. You know, like the one facing a civil suit after he organized that sex party on a train in 2012.
A Taiwanese scholar of sexuality is voicing support for Tsai Yu-lin, who was indicted in December 2013 for hosting a sex party on a train with 18 other gentlemen customers the year before. Jospehine Chuen-juei Ho, chair and coordinator of the Center for the Study of Sexualities of National Central University in Zhongli, is calling on the Taiwan Railways Administration to drop its civil suit against Tsai and to publish a formal apology to the man, according to Want China Times.
Participants in the train rendezvous included 18 men and an underage female assistant who lied about her age to join the party. Each of the 18 male customers, who paid NT$800 to take part, avoided charges and were fined. The female participant was sent to juvenile court and Tsai was sentenced to six months in prison, but was allowed to pay a fine instead.
Groups supporting Tsai said the bureau benefited from the publicity surrounding the event and took advantage of the more scandalous aspects of a common train orgy to cover up its own failure of duty (the railway’s overall revenue from specially chartered trains reportedly tripled after the sexcapade).
Ho further claimed that the buzz surrounding the event only reflects ‘attitudes of cowardice and pretense in Taiwanese society’ when it comes to sexuality. Hsu Ya-fei, a professor at Nanhua University in Chiayi, likewise condemned media coverage seeking to shame Tsui, saying that those in attendance at the party ‘were only sharing their consensual enjoyment of sex’.
The railway administration said it pressed charges against Tsai because it was mistakenly blamed as the party’s organizer and was worried about negative effects the story might have on female passengers. Totally not because its employees are all a bunch of prudes. C’mon.
[Image via Want China Times]