Book passes censors, has no photos but is still wrapped in plastic

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am

One of the best, most informed and entertaining books on sex education to be sold in the city in many a publishing season has been released this month. But guess what? Even though the bilingual Sex in Hong Kong passed the official censors, some bookstores took one look at the title and decided voluntarily to wrap it in plastic. Some outlets of Joint Publishing (HK) have even put a warning label on it saying it should not be sold to people under 18 years of age.

It has chapters on stages of gender awareness among children, the biology of the reproductive system, contraception, views on sex by the religions, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual orientation, sex crimes and ordinances, and social attitudes towards prostitutes and their clients. It also has an amusing glossary on the latest sexual slang in Cantonese and English. As the anonymous author wrote, there is an urgent need for better sex education when a Family Planning Association survey finds one in four people in the city think women cannot become pregnant if they did not have an orgasm during sex. What it doesn't have is any sex photos. Perverts and porn lovers will be disappointed, but it's well worth reading for our undereducated teenagers. So why are teens being discouraged from buying it? Joint Publishing said yesterday individual staff members decided on their own to put on the warning label. Since being notified of this matter, it had removed the label.


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