Sat, Nov 19, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Singapore's Sexpo gets into the swing of things

AFP , SINGAPORE

Staid Singapore kicked off its first ever Sexpo yesterday, showcasing vibrators, lingerie and even "sex-friendly furniture," but also promising educational tips on sexual health.

Billed as the only event in the region designed to "enrich and enhance your understanding on sex and sexuality," it has the backing of authorities, who are attempting to shake off the city-state's well-known stuffy image.

But strict restrictions have been imposed, according to media reports.

Among an expected 60,000 visitors will be respected Dr. Lee Keen Whye, who has reportedly been entrusted by the government to make sure the three-day exhibition is "healthy and non-sleazy."

"If Sexpo results in a public backlash, I think it would be safe to say that this will be the first and last exhibition of its kind," he was quoted as saying by Today newspaper when details of the expo were launched last month.

While titillation may be on many curious visitors' minds, organizers insist the expo is primarily designed to be educational.

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