Sex News in Asia – 10/24/11
- A global movement against sexual violence known as SlutWalk has spread from Toronto to Delhi to Johannesburg, and now is set to make its Southeast Asia debut in the notoriously socially restrictive city-state of Singapore. So what is SlutWalk?
- Investigations into Johor squatting incident not yet completed
- As part of its initiative to raise awareness of breast cancer, Tangs’ has placed a specially designed pad in every bra in its store, printed with a message on the disease.
- AWARE hands out awards for gender equality. A seasoned politician, a family counsellor and a pair of young activists on Monday night became the first recipients of awards honouring them for their work in promoting gender equality. The awards were presented by the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware). The nominations are here.
- TOC: Sylvia Lim on how policies impact fertility rate. Singapore’s total fertility rate (TFR) should concern us greatly if we are worried about preserving our culture and identity for future generations. I note that surprisingly little emphasis was placed on this in the PMO’s Addenda. In recent years, home prices have risen sharply. For couples who want children, one of the factors they consider in deciding when to have children and how many to have, is the affordability of housing.
- PublicHouse.sg brings the final segment of their three-part interview with Reverend Miak Siew. He is an openly gay, fully ordained pastor at Free Community Church.
- Sexy, savvy, sassy and hungry for hits. Celebrity blogger and model Peggy Heng said in an interview with The New Paper: “To heck with the critics, this is my blog, my personal space, so I post what I want. Life’s a choice; leave it simple or spice it up. I prefer the latter and so I live each day like there is no tomorrow.” She adds: “We’re attention whores. We admit.”
- Straits Times: ‘School of romance’ trains men in dating. Aura Dating Academy claims to be the first such school in Singapore. It offers a year-long course to train men in the art of dating and getting into a relationship.
- Fans of Japanese female idol group AKB48 are going crazy over an SBS bus. It’s not just any bus, mind you — the bus has a huge ad for the girl group’s upcoming concert in Singapore in November.
- In his first speech on housing in Parliament, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan vowed to focus on making housing available to two groups of homebuyers within the next two years. He said that he will commit to help all newlywed first-timers earning below $10,000 per month to get their first HDB home as soon as possible, and help them “meet an important social objective of helping them to settle down and start their families.”
- Transitioning.org: Financial reasons for men who stay unmarried in Singapore. Only 39.4 men were married compared to every 1, 000 unmarried males in year 2010. Our female counterparts also did not fare better as only 37.2 females were married compared to 1, 000 unmarried females.
- Women’s groups have hit out at the Obedient Wives Club’ for its “explicit sex book which called on a Muslim husband to have joint sex with all his spouses.
- War rape reports continue unabated in Burma. On a cold January day in 2001, 18 year old Naang Yin (this name has been changed to protect her identity), daughter of two shopkeepers in the Shan State of Burma, went to a military camp set up by the Burmese troops to buy some basic provisions at a cheaper price for her parents’ shop. She returned home four days later. Imprisoned by eleven men of the Burmese army where she was gang-raped at the camp and told to stay quiet. This is just one of the testimonies of 173 incidents of rape and other forms of sexual violence that were committed by Burmese military troops in the Shan State from 1996 to 2001.
- Because local media in Lijin County in Shandong Province in eastern China refused to report on how a woman died during a forced, late-term abortion, a family member has published the story of the mother’s unnecessary death. This has drawn angry comments across China’s cyberspace.
- Police in China arrested a man 28 years after he was accused of hugging a woman against her will — a serious charge at the time — only to find he had married his “victim”.
- China undergrad offers sex for new iPhone 4S
- It’s official: Asian males are girlier than Western ones. In physical terms, guys from the east are smaller and less muscular.
- Defying the practice of arranged marriage in India can tear families apart, particularly when young people go outside their castes. The Supreme Court has sided with the young couples, calling the caste system a “curse on the nation.”
- An estimated 100,000 people in India may have escaped HIV infection over five years, thanks to one of the world’s biggest prevention programmes, an encouraging sign that targeting high-risk groups remains vital, a new study suggests.
- Census data released earlier this year revealed there are 914 girls for every 1,000 boys born – a sharp fall since 2001 when the ratio was 933 girls for every 1000 boys.
- Reuters: Indian wives fast, luxuriously, for husbands. Karva Chauth is a centuries-old tradition observed annually in north India, where women dress up and fast for the day to pray for their spouse’s good health and success. While it is customary for women to apply henna on their hands, buy clothes and expect gifts from relatives, the new generation of fast-keepers, with money to spare, is exploring a range of pampering options. On the must-have list for the urban elite are botox, laser-hair reduction and chemical peel treatments at spas and beauty parlours offering Karva Chauth packages.
- Competition stiff for ‘flying girls’. In Korea, cabin crew jobs are so esteemed that some are fearful to tell friends and family of their aspirations in case they are scoffed at for not being “good enough.” Rewards for working for the world’s best airline include free fully furnished accommodation, a tax-free monthly salary of $1,579 (S$1,992), medical and life insurance, and travel concessions.
- The war compensation issues regarding South Korea’s “comfort women” have already been “legally resolved,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in an interview Monday on the eve of his trip to Seoul.
Disclaimer: Some of these media reports may portray sex and sexuality in a negative light. I am merely re-reporting them and may not always agree with the reports or opinions expressed.