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Controversy over China's first sex-theme park
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17:39, May 19, 2009

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1. Netizen Chen Qinggui

Even if the controversy surrounding the "sex theme park" and the fact that its construction was not approved by the relevant authority are considered the reason behind its demolition order, the reason is not sufficient. In other words, this reason is neither convincing nor completely in accordance with the law.

Since the trial operation of the "sex theme park" commenced on May 1, it has received more than 1,000 tourists per day. What is the actual theme for the construction of this park? A manager at the park said that in contrast with foreign countries, "sex" has always seemed very mysterious in the eyes of Chinese, with a "do not talk about it to others" ideological taboo.

The main aim of the sex theme park is to provide scientific, healthy and interesting sex education through the exhibition and display of graphics, text and sculpture. There are also plans to introduce multimedia technology teaching visitors how to become a better spouse, and helping people become aware of important sex-related issues and diseases.

He also stressed that the park will avoid vulgar photos and contents. Reporters learned that during the trial operation over the May Day holiday, the park charged five yuan admission, and received over 5,000 visitors within just a few days.

The operator of the park said it will get various approvals from relevant authorities before formally opening the park for visitors, at which point it will charge 50 yuan admission. It is clear that the operator and regulator have differences in understanding the implication of "vulgar and harmful contents".

2. Netizen "Tong Ling" wrote on his blog, analyzing the underlying reasons behind the construction of the sex theme park on the Foreigners' Street of Chongqing as follows:

First motive: In order to make money or generate profit, the operator is innovative and quite bold. (Actual motive)

Second motive: Sex is still an obscure and secret topic in China, and this situation will remain unchanged in the near future. (Excuse)

Third motive: the administrators of the Foreigners' Street have nothing to do. (Main reason)

Fourth motive: again, it is all to make money!

3. Netizen Cui Zhongbo

Traditionally, "sex" has always been an obscure and private topic. With the passing of time, people have long broken the ideological taboo that it cannot be discussed with strangers, and their facial expressions no longer change at the mention of sex.

However, people still find it psychologically hard to accept the fact that a "sex park" has been built so openly and without any sense of shame, the main contents of which include sex knowledge and skills, as well as images of men and women in love.

Can the establishment of a "sex theme park" really "provide people with scientific, healthy and interesting sex education" in a new and creative way as the operator of the park has claimed? No, fundamentally because it has violated the basic education method.

When targeting primary and secondary school students, university students, and adults, educational methods should vary based on their different levels of physiological and psychological maturity.

4. Netizen Xiao Qiao

The sex theme park built in Chongqing may provide a platform and foundation for sex education. Our cultural characteristics are restricting us however; facing those explicit and exaggerated images and texts about sex and love, people intuitively feel a kind of cultural dizziness.

It is difficult to associate it with sex education. One cannot help but suspect that the organizer is aiming to make money from grandstanding under the banner of sex education and sex knowledge.

Sex education cannot be achieved by building one or two "sex theme parks," just as the cultural sex festivals held everywhere only end up bringing prosperity to the sex industry. They have not produced much benefit when it comes to improving the concept of sex and ethics of sex.

Popularizing sex education relies more on efforts made on school education, social education and cultural immersion. It should be developed as a systematic project to help people correctly understand "sex."

By People's Daily Online

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