SEX TOYS, APHRODISIACS AND SEX IN THE MEDIA IN CHINA

APHRODISIACS IN CHINA

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Traditional Chinese medicine shops sell deer antlers, seahorses, dried lizards, monkey brains, sparrow tongues, deer tails, rabbit hair, tiger penises and the fungus that grows on bat moth larvae as aphrodisiacs. Chinese men also consume bull and deer penises soaked in herbal wine, sea-cucumber, bull's pizzles cooked with Chinese yam, fertilized duck eggs and snake bile to boost their sex life.

Indian tribes in the Pacific northwest have mad fortunes selling geodusck, giant burrowing clams, to markets in Hong Kong and southern China. The clams can weigh as much as 16 pounds and have a penis-like neck that can extend for three feet. Wealthy diners will pay up to $100 in Hong Kong or Shanghai for a dish made with geoduk meat.

Bird nest soup is supposed to prolong erections. Deer musk is rubbed on private parts too stimulate sex. The fact that dried sea horses are consumed for virility is ironic because sea horse are a species in which the males get "pregnant."

Many aphrodisiacs either incorporate the penises of other animals or are shaped like penises. Dog penises from Thailand are sent to China and Taiwan, where they are consumed as energy boosters. A deer penis and testicles sold together in an ornate green box lined with red satin will set you back $63.

Labels on aphrodisiacs like Chinese Dragon Tonic, East Superman Pills, Strong Man Bao and Super Supa Softgels say thing like “Make yourself powerful during active sex,” ‘strengthen the functional activities of the loins and knees,” and “Battle impotence, lassitude, amnesia, and cold pain of the waist and knees,” An old advertisement for an aphrodisiac read: “Fight 100 battles in nine nights with no loss of verve and leave the ladies with cherished memories.” [Source: Daffyd Roderick, Time, March 19, 2001]

Women sometimes take special herbal medicine that reportedly shrinks their vaginal walls and makes sex better.

Viaga in China

Viagra sells very well in China. Even though technically it is only supposed to be sold with a prescription, it is widely available without a prescription at drug stores, sex shops and even some candy stores.

Viagra is known as "weige" ("big brother") in China. It is taken by men of all ages and sometimes given as a gift rather than cognac or Scotch. It been commemorated in pop songs has even been given to rare tigers in hopes that it will help them breed. The biggest problem with Viagra is counterfeiting. Very little real Viagra is sold. The counterfeits include Viagra look-a-likes that have the same active ingredients as Viagra and out and out fakes with no active ingredients.

China-produced impotence pills include Healthy Male Capsules and Alaska Life Strength Chest Platinum. Other commonly sold “male power enhancers” include deer penis, goat penis, dog penis and Peking Royal jelly (made from bees). They are often sold a part of a mixture such as Deer penis rejuvenation (deer penis, cattle penis, royal jelly) and Blue-Gold for Men (sheep penis, ox penis, sea lion penis, dog penis, deer penis and ginseng). These days many of these have sildenafil citrate, the active ingredients of Viagra.

The Shanghai Male Sexual Function Rehabilitation Center treats impotence and premature ejaculation with sexual-exercise machines that have vibrator pads and hoses circulating liquid herbal aphrodisiacs. One man who came to center because he only had sex with his wife four times a week told Newsweek, "Now I do my duty once a week. Putting sex in the proper perspective will build strong families for the next millennium." [Source: Newsweek]

Sex Toys and Penis Operations in China

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Traditional Chinese sex toys have included ancient copper dildos, silver rings that women wore on their tongues to heighten the pleasure of their partners, and dowry paintings (prints of sexual positions that were slipped into wedding gifts for the bride before her wedding night). Some Chinese used to worship phallic symbols and statues of Buddha having sex as part of elaborate rituals.

Goat eyelid was a favorite sex enhancer of the Mongols in the Yuan dynasty of the 13th century. Known as the "happy ring," it was taken from a dead goat with the eyelashes still intact and placed in quicklime and then steamed and dried to the correct texture. Before sex a man placed it around his penis to tickle his lover and heighten her pleasure during intercourse.

Chinese pleasure balls are inserted into a woman' vagina. When she rocks back and forth the balls move insider her, simulating the thrusting motion of intercourse. Men sometimes have BB's surgically implanted their penis. They produce bumps like those on some condoms that bring pleasure to the woman.

Penis reconstruction surgery has been performed for decades in China. A study of 50 men who had their penises reattached released in teh 1980s and reported in the China Daily found that "98 percent of them found their penis functioned again" even though some operations were "one-stage reconstruction" in which a penis was pieced together from pieces of skin, bone and tissue. The article claimed that many of the men went on to father children. "A father who went through the one-stage reconstruction of the penis even mailed his daughter's photo to us," the article said. [Source: Paul Theroux]

Sex Toy Mistaken for the Fungus of Immortality

In June 2012, ABC News reported: “The discovery of a double-headed sex toy mistaken for a mystical rare fungus brought national notoriety to a Chinese village and TV program. Villagers from Liucunbu, a rural community outside western Chinese city of Xian, encountered the sex toy while drilling a new well shaft. Hard-pressed to identify the flexible, fungi-like object, perplexed residents alerted the local news station, which immediately sent reporter Yunfeng Ye to the scene. [Source: ABC News, June 19, 2012]

In her coverage of the finding, broadcast on the station’s investigative journalism program Xian Up Close, Ye thoroughly probed different aspects of the discovery, interviewing locals and inserting her own research on the alleged mushroom. Despite Ye’s earnest reporting, her and the villagers’ obliviousness of the object’s real identity has now lent itself to national amusement.

“The report opens with Ye proclaiming the discovery of the mysterious object, the likes of which “not even an 80-year-old local man has seen.” Villagers crouch around the object, floating innocently in a water-filled bucket. “It has an eye and a nose, but we don’t know what it is,” says a man who was among the drillers who discovered the sex toy.

“Describing the object’s qualities in explicit detail, Ye and the villager determine that it is a type of lingzhi, a shelf fungus of the Ganoderma lucidum species, which according to legend has the ability to give immortality. Asserting that the mushroom is rarely seen because it grows underground, she says, “When the Emperor Qin Shi Huang [the First emperor of China] was on the hunt for the secret to longevity, it is said he discovered this lingzhi was the answer.”

“After the program aired, many viewers immediately recognized the object as a sex toy modeled after female genitalia, and online video of the report gained millions of views overnight. While the video received many comments lauding the station’s and villagers’ “purity,” the day after the program aired the Xian news station posted an apology on Sina Weibo, a Chinese blogging website. “Our program last night made everyone laugh,” the apology said, expressing regret for an “uncomfortable and misleading” report. “Our reporter is very young and sheltered.”

Sex Shops, Products and Museums in China

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Chinese-made Penis Power pump

Beijing's first sex shop, the Bang Bang Peace and Happiness Health Center, opened in 1996 around the corner from the Mao Zedong's mausoleum. Not so much different from sex shops in other countries, it sold various kinds of condoms, performance creams and battery-powered vibrators and sex toys. Now there are thousands of sex shops nationwide. Sex shops are required to register with the government

A proposal by Playboy to open a “lifestyle club” in Shanghai was rejected.

Sex Museums, See Shanghai.

The Xiao brothers of Dongshuangtang village near Tianjin founded Kangle Health Products, a small company which manufactures vibrators in a one room shop rented from a local old folks home. They got the idea after reading about how some American made a fortune off of sex toys. As of the late 1990s they sold about 2,000 devices a year at price of around $9.50 a piece. Their novel vibrator is powered by an air pump and is manufactured with the help of a local rubber-boot factory. The company's slogan is "real to the touch...good for household harmony and good for social order." An impotent 70 year-old man credited the vibrator with saving his 5th marriage. [Source: Newsweek]

The sex book industry is not very developed in China. One Chinese researcher told Newsweek, "Since 1980 about 500 sex-related books have been published in China but almost none on positions or skills." In a 1994 how-to video for newlywed couples the government replaced the intercourse scenes with stills of stick figures in the missionary position. During the Lewinsky affair, a book was released called Sexy Clinton. [Source: Newsweek]

Even the Defense Ministry publishing house is trying to cash in on sex. It produces a pinup of a beautiful girl in metal-studded leather bikini holding an automatic rifle and standing in front of a Harley Davidson-style motorcycle. The Ministry of Culture occasionally prints nudes in its official magazine.

A sexually-explicit theme park called Loveland---with exhibits on sexual history and how-to workshops’slated to be built in Chongqing was axed just as construction was scheduled to begin.

Sexy Clothing, See Clothes.

Condoms in China

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A survey by the Beijing Evening News in 2006 found that only 16 percent of university students use condoms. Wu Ruomei, a sex radio host, told the Washington Post, girls are too embarrassed to buy them and worry that if the are caught carrying them their reputation will be compromised. The survey also found that boys don’t think of carrying condoms and don’t like to use them.

By one estimate 2 billion condoms are used every year in China and condom-making is a $530 million dollar a year industry. More than 300 manufacturers produce condoms under 1,000 brand names. [Source: Los Angeles Times, January 2010]

China manufactures 1.3 trillion condoms a year. Chinese condoms are thick and rubbery and people who can afford them prefer English, Japanese and American condoms which are thinner and sold in more attractive packages. Chinese word for condom is "baoxian," which means "insurance glove." “Galoshes” is a slang term used for condoms in both Russia and China.

There are few condom vending machines. Many college students have never seen a condom. Condom commercials are prohibited on television.

In the mid 2000s, the Chinese company Guangzhou Yaojian Bioscence introduced new kinds of condoms called “Clinton” and “Lewinsky.” The condoms are sold 12 to a box with the Clintons retailing for $3.70 a box and the Lewisnskys $2.25. The price difference is explained by the higher quality of the Clinton models. [Source: Los Angeles Times]

Poorly-made condoms marketed by domestic band names and counterfeit ones sold under well-known Western names are widely available in China. They can break and have been blamed for unwanted pregnancies and the spread of disease. Some of the knockoffs, including ones sold under the Trojan and Durex names, have found their way to markets outside of China and have turned up in New York, Virginia, Texas and other places.

A raid in Hunan Province in November 2009 uncovered counterfeit condoms with a well-known brand name on them being made in an underground factory in unsterilized conditions with vegetable oil as a lubricant and stored in metal drums. Authorities then set about trying to track down over 2 million of the unsafe contraceptives marketed nationwide. Some were sold under the name of well-known makers such as Jissbon and Durex. A similar raid in Zhejiang Province in 2008 uncovered a half million knockoff condoms. In another case, recycled used condoms were made into hair band.

Sex on Television in China

A show called (Really, Really Want to) Talk About Love has billed itself as the "Chinese Sex in the City." The show is not explicit about sex but it can be very suggestive and is very popular in Shanghai. Sex and City reaches a large audience through pirated DVDs.

The Mask is a half hour show that consists of frank discussions about sex with guests who hide their identities by wearing masks. The show is meant to be educational and inform the public about AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and other rarely discussed sexual topics

On late night television there are a number of “infomercials” with scantily clad women advertising exercise equipment of breast enlargement products. A television talk show shown on a Qinghai provincial television station featured two Chinese women as guests. They talked about their boyfriends. One had a foreign boyfriend and talked about the wonders of his large penis. The other talked about the inadequacy of her Chinese boyfriend and said he could use a penis-enlarging tonic. Following the discussion was an advertisement for the aforementioned tonic.

Such “sexually suggestive advertisements” were banned in 2007. A total of 1,466 advertisments worth $240 million were taken off television and radio for containing ‘sexually provocative sounds or tantalizing language as well as vulgar advertisements for female underwear.” An earlier ruling banned shows about cosmetic surgery and sex changes as well as radio shows that discussed sex and drugs.”

Advertisements of sex aides are banned in China as is intellectual property theft but that hasn’t stopped the maker of a Viagra-like pill called USA Selikon from using unauthorized footage of David Beckham, Keanu Reeves and Sean Connery in their television ad to promote their product as “the secret weapon to satisfy” women. In the ad with Sean Connery, apparently taken from an interview, Connery says in dubbed Chinese, “I turned 70 this year. But with the help of USA Selikon. I have been praised by Barbara, who says I am the James Bond, forever 25.” As it mattered, Connery’s wife is named Micheline. [Source: Times of London]

In the Beckham ad, a grainy images shows Beckham playing soccer with voice saying, “Want to know how I can keep strong and running on the football field? USA Selikon capsules help me a lot.” Beckham is then shown with his arms around his wife Victoria with the voice saying, “its also the secret weapon with which I can satisfy Victoria.” Chinese lawyers said that filling a lawsuit against such ads would be more trouble than it was worth.

Sex Radio in China

Talk radio has become very popular, especially shows that touch on sex-related topics. Late-night, sex radio, call-in and talk shows, such as No Appointment Tonight and Midnight Whispers are popular in China. Callers call in questions about marriage, infidelity, ideas for finding a partner, venereal disease and strategies for coping with the "humbling effects of nature's endowments to human anatomy." Most of the calls to one show are inquiries about techniques to avoid premature ejaculation and ways to control oversexed husbands.

On a typical night there are questions about masturbation, sexual harassment, feeling for the same sex and whether a virgin bleeds when she has sex.. The caller on one show quoted in the Washington Post said that he and his girlfriend had experimented with sex but “both of us wore underwear.” He asked: “What if she’s pregnant?” and “Will her life be in danger if we have an abortion?”

One caller to Midnight Whispers in Shanghai told the host, "When my husband's away and I need to control my desire, I put ice cubes in myself." The host broke her off, telling her to "Ask your doctor to check if you've caused any nerve damage." A caller on another show asked if it was okay to please herself with a frozen cucumber.

A widely discussed case in the mid-1990s involved a university-educated couple that visited a doctor after a year of marriage to find out why the wife had not become pregnant. After an examination the doctor discovered the woman was still a virgin. Apparently the couple thought sleeping together in the same bed was all that was necessary to produce baby.

There are limits off how far the shows can go. The host of Tonight Whispers told the Washington Post, “We cannot say too much in the radio program, and should be careful how we speak, in case some listeners appeal to higher authorities and cancel the show.”

Sex and the Internet in China

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The sex columnist Mu Zimei (Muzi mei) became a national celebrity after she began reporting intimate details about her sex life in her blog. By some counts her reports received 10 million hits a day. The site was particularly busy when she wrote about a parking lot encounter with a famous Chinese rock star and said it wasn’t very exciting.

Mu’s real name is Li Li. She began her career as a fashion writer for glossy magazines before becoming a sex columnist and writing about “real life” issues. Mu said she started having sex without knowing anything about birth control. By the age of 25, she said she had slept with about 70 men. She told the New York Times, “I think my private life is very interesting. I do not oppose love, but I oppose loyalty.” She told the Washington Post, “I want freedom. I don’t care about morality. I have the right to make love and the right to enjoy it.”

The blog launched the “Muzi Mei craze.” Mu gave advise on what music to play when making love, offered tips and how to have good sex in a car and described the benefits of oysters as an aphrodisiac. But revelations of things like having sex with two men at the same time proved to be a little bit too much for the straightlaced Communists. Authorities banned her book and shut down her website.

Thirty-two percent of Chinese say the Internet has broadened their sex life, compared to 11 percent in the United States.

Child sex See “Human flesh search engines”

Chinese Microblogging Community Gets Excited About Japanese Porn Star Sora Aoi

This Japanese Porn Star with “Huge Breast”---“Sora Aoi”---was invited to Shanghai Expo to promote an Online Game. Her popularity in China flared up rapidly once she got a Twitter account, and she had over 30,000 followers. Among this massive number of followers, most of them are from China...Twitter is blocked in China, so why there’s a massive number of Chinese followers appeared on Sora Aoi’s Twitter Account? And, how did Sora Aoi become so popular in China? [Source: Herman Lai, M.I.C. Gadget, June 19, 2010]

Why Chinese netizens so crazy about Sora Aoi? It began with a Chinese netizen who found Sora Aoi’s Twitter account and spread out this news over the Chinese forums and blogs. This netizen wrote on his Sina micro-blog, “Do you want to be face to face with Sora Aoi? Then go on Twitter, can’t get on twitter? Then send email to mytwitterclient@gmail.com, it has auto reply.” Apparently, this automatic reply regards information of skills that teach other people how to get rid of the China’s great firewall. After this message was widely spread in the internet, a huge number of Chinese followers appeared in Sora Aoi’s twitter account. After that, Sora Aoi was so surprised with the number of Chinese followers on her twitter, and she tweeted: “I’m surprised. I’m receiving many follow messages & RT from China now. Aaaaaaaaahhh, I don’t know, anyway THANK YOU!!”

The adult actress subsequently decided to join Sina Weibo after a flood of Chinese followers found her on Twitter. China Want Times reported: “When Aoi opened her Sina Weibo account (appropriately enough on Nov. 11, 2010, Chinese Singles Day), she immediately became one of the hottest bloggers in China. Aoi posted only a single short notice on her first day on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter. The post read: "Hello to all Chinese friends, I'm Sora Aoi. Very pleased to meet you all. I have officially opened my Sina Weibo account, hopefully through this account we can get to know each other well." [Source: China Want Times, January 24, 2011]

In her first six hours, Aoi had gained more than 130,000 followers, exceeding her numbers on Twitter. By the end of the first day, she had 220,000 followers. Since then, she has accumulated more than 950,000 followers in just two months; a number which continues to increase at a rate of over 10,000 per day.

Even China's police have been paying close attention to Sora Aoi's microblog, with the online blog of a police station in Dalian making her blog their main item of interest. Sora Aoi's online presence is controversial in a country where pornography is illegal but also extremely popular. In fact, more and more foreign stars---of all professions, but especially Taiwanese pop stars---are using Weibo to connect to an eager Chinese audience.

The reason for her popularity on the blog, according to media reports, is that she entertains but never spams. She broadcasts but also listens and engages. Most importantly, her posts are clearly authentically from her rather than a hired PR gun. One of her posts said, "I know Chinese don't understand Japanese, so I try to write in English. But when I wrote in Japanese, I can't translation in English. SORRY!!"

She has also expressed her respect for Chinese culture and gained further popularity when she appealed to followers on her Twitter account to donate to people affected by the deadly earthquake in Qinghai province in western China in April 2010. Naturally, another crucial factor may be the daily renewal of the actress's photos.Many celebrities view Sina Weibo as a one-way channel of communication but Aoi interacts with her fans in ways that win their continued loyalty. There are tens of thousands of porn stars out there, but no other can boast nearly a million fans on Sina Weibo. Sora Aoi has clearly made the most of her opportunity.

Erotic Fairy Tales in China

According to an AFP report: “Chinese publishers have pulled a collection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales from children's shelves in book stores after mistakenly translating a Japanese pornographic reinterpretation of the tales. China Friendship Publishing and China Media Time translated the erotic retelling by the Japanese duo Kiryu-Misao without credit after mistaking them for the originals, the Global Times newspaper reported. [Source: South China Morning Post, AFP, December 8, 2010]

"We couldn't find the original German edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, so we took Japanese editions as our references and translated those," a China Media Time official was quoted as saying by the newspaper. These included a version of the classic Snow White tale in which the heroine has sexual relations with her father and the seven dwarves, the newspaper said. After she dies, a necrophiliac prince falls in love with her body.

"The book was not supposed to be read by children, but it was put on the children's literature shelf, so we asked to pull it," the official said, adding that book stores were told to send back the edition. The new Chinese translation listed only the Brothers Grimm as authors, and the official said the process was "complicated" when asked to confirm which version had been used, the report said.

Image Sources: 1) Sex products, Alibaba.com; 2) Sexy poster, University of Washington; 3) ox peninses, BBC; 4) Old sex art All Posters. com Search Chinese Art .

Text Sources: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Reuters, AP, Lonely Planet Guides, Compton’s Encyclopedia and various books and other publications.

Last updated July 2015


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