Chinese sex toys see new dawn
Their use was forced underground after the Communist Party took over the country in 1949 and adopted policies aimed at repressing people's personal desires, including romance and sex, in favour of ideas of revolution and collectivism.
FORBIDDEN PUPPY LOVE
Even teenagers were officially forbidden to have crushes on each other. We can say that after 1949, Chinese society was more conservative than in ancient China, said Peng. Things have changed following social and economic reforms that began in the late 1970s, but many Chinese still hold conservative views towards certain elements of sex, such as homosexuality and pornography. Pornographic websites and publications are banned, while young homosexuals often marry to conform to society.
But over the last decade, the subject has become an increasingly open topic for debate, mainly due to the Internet.
Many online communities, such as those for gays and lesbians and those seeking partner swaps, have sprung up over recent years, said Fang Gang, director of sex and gender institute at Beijing Forestry University.
The country's state-run broadcaster has aired a programme featuring a controversial sexologist, who on the show called for the legalisation of homosexual marriages, while an annual sex fair in Guangzhou in southeastern China drew 250,000 visitors
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