The Guangzhou Sex Festival: The first thing you notice about this sexpo is the complete absence of any eroticism. Guangzhou Sex Festival, for short. In , for example, year-old Huazhong University of Science and Technology medical student Zheng Gang walked into a university-affiliated sperm bank and opened an account. Zheng passed a medical checkup and made four donations; the legal limit is five. But after making his last deposit in October, Zheng Gang collapsed and died.
Further murky details can be found in this report. Bizarre as it is, the case sheds some rare light on one of the more persistent superstitions in China, the idea that masturbation can be a life-threatening habit for the unwary male. But Zhu Ming is not interested: Not even if they pay me loads of money.
The average wait for infertile couples to obtain semen from sperm banks is now at least a year. Will sperm banks see an appreciable increase in donations as a result? Men — often seen craning their necks, standing on seats, and fighting for a good view — far outweighed women. If you were to handpick a crowd of candidates least likely to get laid in Guangzhou, it would look much the one assembled at the sexpo. There are certain things in life that are hard to explain away, and owning an anatomically correct nine-year-old rubber girl must surely count as one.
Which probably explains the need for so many products for what is supposed to be a natural act. If it can make you pregnant, potent, or popular, you can find it and flog it here. Visitors can view a traditional array of Ming- and Qing-era jade and stone carnal objects housed under Perspex cases that looked pretty antique themselves, or see a human body-art photography show with 50 pictures.
In Beijing alone, there are around 2, sex shops, with around , nationwide. The commercial opportunities are unquestionable, the demand apparently unquenchable.
But the trade is completely unregulated: Yet migrant workers should be encouraged to use adult toys, Zhang Feng, director of the Guangdong Family Planning Bureau, announced at the seventh Guangzhou sexpo in Should he have to risk toxic reaction as well? The trade is completely unregulated: A number of stalls, such as the Taizhou Mingqi Health Instrument Factory, sold high-end exotic goods, including lifelike sex mannequins that do everything but talk; these drew among the largest crowds, although no one seemed to be publicly buying.
The Chinese like a doll that is lightweight and easy to operate. But nationalistic fervor over the disputed Diaoyu Islands has dampened sales lately: For first-time visitors it was more of an eye-opener, though not necessarily the kind anyone wants to talk about. Zhang, as he lunched with friends at a canteen in the exhibition hall. Half an hour before it starts, the most popular draw of the day is a tame fashion parade featuring local underwear models.
Right by the catwalk is a photography exhibition staged by the local department of health, with graphic close-up images of male and female genitalia displaying symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.
The men are more gentlemanly. A man in his sixties is hunched directly in front, wearing a fishing jacket and wielding a Nikon with a zoom the size of his head. As one of the models starts tossing condoms into the audience, he seems to buckle under the weight of the lens, though I manage to grab him before he goes completely under.
Professor Peng, vice secretary-general of the World Association of Chinese Sexologists, is a leading progressive in a fast-dying modern discipline.
The only major Chinese leader to ever give any backing to the concept of sex education was the late premier Zhou Enlai, whose schooling in Tianjin and Paris apparently equipped him with valuable knowledge of the subject. By , they had been deemed so successful that 6, schools across China had adopted them, leading the State Council to announce that they would shortly become part of the national curriculum. But it was not to be. When the backlash came in , sexual permissiveness was simply another Western pollutant to be stamped out.
Even the most ribald products remain firmly oriented toward health and heterosexuality. When Chen returned home, she immediately drew vilification from her neighbors, who accused her of prostitution and disgracing the village.
At the time, prominent painter Wu Zuoren said he was ashamed that such an event could happen in modern China. No such shame is attached in China to abortion clinics, which freely promote their wares: The government estimates that 13 million abortions are now carried out a year, often because, out of ignorance, Chinese women use abortion as a form of contraception. For one thing, there is a danger of social instability.
Hudson and Andrea Den Boer. Typical of the hundreds of professional buyers at the Guanzhou sexpo is Ms. Zhu, the year-old businesswoman paying her second visit to the fair. This year, she arrives ready to make lingerie purchases for her fledgling ecommerce business. Despite being a fully qualified roads engineer, she now wants to be her own boss.
After working at a state-owned highway giant, her future in China seems safer in the sex industry.