Sun, Oct 14, 2012 - Page 9 News List

Chinas’s mixed picture
on sexual liberation

Decades after Mao Zedong, couples are happy to browse sex toys together — however, not all attitudes have changed

By Tania Branigan  /  The Guardian, GUANGZHOU

Though the festival clearly caters primarily to straight men, there are several older couples browsing arm-in-arm. One husband and wife stop to listen attentively as a salesman demonstrates the different groans emitted by a selection of fake vaginas.

“In the past, when two people dated, they even had to keep their distance on the street,” said 25-year-old Li Bo, sheepishly clasping the sex toy he had just won in a prize draw. “Of course we wouldn’t want to go back to the old times.”

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