Wives, Husbands, and Lovers edited by Deborah Davis and Sara Friedman HKU Press China's sexual revolution has been every bit as dramatic as its economic one, argues this collection of essays exploring changing sexual and marital norms across the mainland. Sex and academia are not always the most natural bedfellows, but sociologists now seem more willing to explore the effect the mainland's social and economic changes are having in the bedroom. Wives, Husbands, and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Urban China takes a broad look, with a particular focus on Hong Kong and Taiwan. Editors Deborah Davis and Sara Friedman open with an excellent overview of how sex and marriage have been deinstitutionalised since China's opening up. They note how, as recently as the 1970s, it was rare to find a man or woman unmarried by age 30: the average age for a Hong Kong woman to marry in 1970 was just before her 24th birthday; nowadays it is a little over 30. Such a dramatic shift is the result of changing attitudes towards the institution of marriage, which Davis and Friedman trace back to the 1949 revolution, when parental control over marriage began to wane. Meanwhile a more recent shift in attitudes towards sex - from a means of reproduction to a means of pleasure - have engendered a greater tolerance of same-sex relationships. While China's record on LGBT rights may be lacking when compared to Europe's liberal democracies, the progress in little more than a decade is staggering. Homosexuality was still officially considered a mental illness on the mainland as recently as 2001; today more than 300 LGBT organisations are operating there. Of the other chapters in this collection, James Farrer's ethnographic exploration of modern-day attitudes to love, sex and commitment on the mainland is the highlight. Farrer interviews a series of young subjects on the topic. One woman from Anhui province perfectly captures the transition. "I thought love was about getting married," she recalls thinking as an 18-year-old. A few years later she is far more pragmatic, her views markedly different when discussing the importance of getting to know a potential partner before making a commitment. "If you are able to find someone who matches you, and the guy and the girl have an attraction, then having sex is normal… If you are not satisfied, you can just leave." Elsewhere, John Nguyet Erni contributes a thorough exposition on the development of transgender marriage rights in Hong Kong, but it is unlikely to hold the attention of those without a particular interest. Equally, the chapters focusing on Taiwan seem to retread some of the ground covered in the Hong Kong essays. This is a well put together collection, and it is reassuring that sociologists are finally examining China's sexual revolution with academic rigour. But those without an academic approach to the subject might not find much of interest beyond the editors' excellent introductory overview.