09: WHY ASIANS DON'T TALK ABOUT SEX
PARENTS CRINGE. TEACHERS BLUSH. SHAME ENSUES. BUT WHY IS TALKING ABOUT SEX SO TABOO IN ASIAN CULTURE?
Bubbly Hong Kong media personality Alyson Hau joins Sara and Jye to discuss what lies behind this cultural taboo, and how Asian attitudes differ from Western views on sex.
Discover why Hong Kong has so little sex, and the intriguing Cantonese vocabulary for genitals – birds, flutes, abalone anyone?
MORE JUICY BITS ON THE SHOW
- Conservative Confucian ideology and other negative messaging about sex and chastity
- The Asian “double standard” for guys and girls around sex
- Consequences of growing up with very little / no sex education
OTHER GREAT REFERENCES YOU'LL LOVE
“Hong Kong parents who treat sex as taboo don’t help their children” by South China Morning Post – overall, sex education in Hong Kong takes up less than 5% of teaching hours and is an optional course. This conversation is usually not reinforced by parents at home.
“Sex experts alarmed over Hong Kong ‘wasteland’” by EJ Insight – Hong Kongers have less sex than global counterparts, and when they do have it, 41% of men experience an orgasm every time compared to 8% of women. Now that’s a massive pleasure gap!
Sticky Rice Love – this open, positive platform is for young Hong Kongers to discuss and understand sex-related issues. Cantonese only.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
What’s your take – on why Asians don’t talk about sex? What would help to overcome this cultural taboo? Leave us a comment below - we'd love to know!