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Human Sexuality

Positive vibes

Maggie Gyllenhaal in <i>Hysteria</i>. Photo: Ricardo Vaz Palma

The word 'vibrator' can elicit a blush today but the device was respectable - and popular - when weary Victorian doctors first put it into operation, writes Decca Aitkenhead.

Sunday, 16 September, 2012, 2:36am

GI liberators were big trouble in 1944 Normandy, says new book

US soldiers during the Allied landings in 1944. Photo: AP

Far removed from accounts of selfless derring-do, many US soldiers were viewed by the French as sex-obsessed thugs who had been promised an "erotic adventure" - a mission that was fulfilled, much to the chagrin of locals.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am 1 comment

Is it time to update simplistic notions of 'male' and 'female' gender?

Does playing with toy cars and robots mean you're a boy? Does wearing a dress and make-up make you a girl? Traditional concepts of gender are increasingly being challenged around the world by people who feel a full expression of their identity cannot be summed up by the term "man" or "woman".

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

Berlin opens Europe's first home for elderly gays, lebians and bisexuals

Over wine and coffee in Berlin's Wilde Oscar restaurant, Peter Sibley and Gottfried Stecher swap stories of the bad old days when homosexuality was outlawed.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

So near, yet so feared: ladies of the fright

A mainland "hairdresser" offering fringe benefits?

I'm reading a book, snappily titled The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, by Shaun Rein. Cheap China as in the country, not the material used for making cups and toilets. Geddit?

27 Oct 2012 - 11:21pm

Are you getting enough?

Good communication and variety can forestall sexual problems. Photo: Corbis

Are you getting enough sex? Perhaps not.

16 Oct 2012 - 10:16am

Huge changes in mainland's sexual attitudes

Huge changes in mainland's sexual attitudes

Richard Burger suggests a sexual reawakening has long been under way on the mainland, with a rapidly altering sexual landscape filled with unmarried sexual partners, flourishing sex shops, mistresses and an increasingly wifeless generation of young men.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:48pm

Rape law outdated, Law Reform Commission says

Panel chairman Peter Duncan SC.  Photo: May Tse

It is time Hong Kong brought its decades-old rape law into line with the English model, to include offences between two males, the Law Reform Commission recommended yesterday.

The definition of rape should be broadened to include anal and oral penetration of people of both sexes, it said in a consultation paper about reviewing sexual offences.

18 Sep 2012 - 6:05pm

Rights groups welcome 'overdue' proposals on rape laws

Rape-victim and transgender rights groups welcomed proposals by the Law Reform Commission to change the law on sexual offences, but voiced concerns, particularly over provisions on anal sex which the commission did not address.

They also said the proposals were long overdue, coming six years after a court ruled that a law criminalising sex between men under 21 was unconstitutional.

18 Sep 2012 - 3:24am

Hong Kong legislator hailed for coming out as gay

People Power's Raymond Chan represents New Territories East.

Gay groups rejoiced after People Power's Raymond Chan Chi-chuen - a newly elected legislator - yesterday confirmed that he is a homosexual.

They expect Chan - better known as "Slow Beat" - to raise the issue of gay rights in the Legislative Council and help to promote anti-discrimination legislation to protect sexual minorities.

12 Sep 2012 - 12:17pm 3 comments

Record rise in new HIV infections in second quarter

Record rise in new HIV infections in second quarter

New HIV cases in Hong Kong hit a quarterly high of 131 - the most since the virus was identified in 1984 - with male homosexual contact cited as the main factor by health officials.

An Aids support group criticised the ease with which social media and mobile technology now facilitates online contact, which may lead to sexual encounters.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:41am

Rant: fifty shades of rage

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have read the entire Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, by E.L. James.

2 Sep 2012 - 1:37pm

Troubled young people see sex as normal part of dating

Sex and dating come in the same package for more than one-third of the city's troubled young people, a survey of at-risk youths has shown.

Some 28 per cent of the respondents to the Federation of Youth Groups' survey, who were aged 10 to 24, said they would consider having sex with a minor. Close to 20 per cent of respondents admit having done so.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:02am

Picking lingerie is like picking the right life partner, says model-actress JJ Jia

For model-actress JJ Jia Xiaochen, picking the right lingerie is as important as finding the right man.

'I think lingerie is every girl's second skin. I am pretty particular about my underwear. It's the same principle when I look for a boyfriend or life partner. A good fit makes me feel pampered and taken care of,' she said.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Public Eye

Having lost all moral authority, Chan simply has to clear out

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

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