Chapter Six: Let’s talk dirty, cleanly


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Let’s talk about sex. In China. Guest host Yoky joins Clay on this week’s episode to lay bare the truth about sex and sexuality in China: The two dive into a conversation with Ying, a sex shop owner in Shanghai, who shares her experiences with her customers, explains Chinese perspectives, curiosities, and apprehensions about sex, and provides a look at sex education, intimacy, and relationships in the country.

7:59: How the concept of consent translates across cultures

14:28: What is sex education like in China?

20:41: Is the topic of sex taboo in Chinese culture?

25:40: How Reform and Opening changed sex in China

39:40: For many women, sex is just an obligation

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Music credits: 

Analytical Skeletons” and “Shhia Baat,” by csus; “Afterthought,” by Evan Schaefer; “Hi,” by Dovi; “Chill Day,” by LAKEY INSPIRED; “I Was Nothing,” by Le Gang; “Fake Mustache,” “Wait What,” “Road Trip,” and “Happy,” by Purrple Cat; “Hip hop Instrumentals 120 bpm,” by Terri Skillz; “I Like You.,” by ARTST_UNKNWN2; “xmpty,” by lofee; and “Beat 36,” by Dixxy.

Works consulted:

Sex in China, by Elaine Jeffreys with Haiqing Yu; China’s ‘lost’ sexual past is laid bare in Sotheby’s erotic art exhibit, by Agence France-Presse; and The Shanghai sex shop selling more than just toys, by Fan Yiying.

Thanks to Nowness Shanghai.