Behind the Red Door: Sex in China

Behind the Red Door Sex in China A sexual revolution is underway in China Traditional morals and behavior are being turned on their head as the country s climb towards economic prosperity brings sex into the open But it is a revoluti

  • Title: Behind the Red Door: Sex in China
  • Author: Richard Burger
  • ISBN: 9789881998323
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sexual revolution is underway in China Traditional morals and behavior are being turned on their head as the country s climb towards economic prosperity brings sex into the open But it is a revolution distinctly different from the one experienced in the West and has taken unexpected twists and turns.Written in a highly engaging and readable style, Behind the Red Door A sexual revolution is underway in China Traditional morals and behavior are being turned on their head as the country s climb towards economic prosperity brings sex into the open But it is a revolution distinctly different from the one experienced in the West and has taken unexpected twists and turns.Written in a highly engaging and readable style, Behind the Red Door Sex in China takes the reader on a journey from ancient days, when China s rulers relied on shockingly vivid Daoist sex manuals, to the present, where China is torn between sexual orthodoxy and Western style openness.

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    1. Most of the author’s “observations” are too obvious for Chinese readers. For instance, there is no need to have a sexologist to tell you Chinese females in big cities want to date foreigners. Bars and Pubs mainly for Chinese ladies to hook up with foreign guys are all over Shanghai. I’m expecting a more in-depth analysis rather than just “Chinese girls tend to date Caucasian because they are more confident…”Family tragedies caused by the “ernai” and “xiao san” from Shenzhen [...]

    2. With a topic like "Sex in China," you might expect a work that is prurient or, the opposite: a dry, academic tome. Instead Richard Burger draws on his years of experience living in and writing about China to craft an informative, enlightening and entertaining survey on this fundamental yet utterly complex topic. Highly recommended for those with an interest in Chinese culture or in how human sexuality shapes and is shaped by a society. Burger's book would be equally at home on the shelves of tra [...]

    3. So I read this because a friend told me I might find it interesting. To be fair it is, but there are some flaws with what I will call theory rooted in generalizations about sexuality, gender, and cultures. The book itself is a detailed of the history of sex in China. Richard Burger does an in depth analysis of all the information the history of sex that he can find. I do not doubt any of this research. The book is broken down in chapters in a clear and relatively divisible way. It is an easy rea [...]

    4. Whenever people discovered that I had been single throughout my 3.5 years stay in Beijing, they’d smile and say things like: “Must’ve been a whole lotta fun, huh…?”Well, living in China was indeed a whole lotta fun. The Olympics was fun. Seeing pandas was fun. Travelling to Urumqi, on the Silk Road in the western parts of the country, was also fun. So was the icy-landscape of Harbin up north. And many more escapades in this country of 1.3 billion people. But, in all honesty, I never re [...]

    5. Contemporary Chinese attitudes towards sex are a mass of contradictions, and this book does an admirable job of explaining how and why it has ended up this way. However, it perhaps serves better as a history or a rough guide than a thorough analysis. Neither gossipy and salacious nor overly dry and academic, it's a far-too-short, but still interesting read that should probably be taken with just a pinch of salt.

    6. Among the many misimpressions westerners tend to have of China, sex as some kind of “taboo” topic here seems to be the most common, if not clichéd. Forgetting for a moment that, owing to a population of 1.3 billion, somebody must be doing it, what most of us don’t seem to know is that, at several points throughout the millennia, China has been a society of extreme sexual openness.And now, according to author Richard Burger’s new book Behind the Red Door, the Chinese are once again on th [...]

    7. I found the book to providing several interesting insights into modern Chinese culture and its attitudes towards sex. I was mildly disappointed to note the books length, which comes in at a rather meager 190 pages (or so; I was reading on my NOOK, page numbers may vary on other devices). To speak honestly, while the book presented insights on Chinese sex culture (or I suppose the much until recently lack thereof), I felt that I had essentially paid to read what could just as easily been publishe [...]

    8. A fascinating read on what happens to human sexuality when there's a surplus of men and an emphasis on harmony above everything else, Burger's exploration reveals a spectrum of beliefs and practices ranging from the perceived mystical powers of bodily fluids, to neo-Con (that's neo-Confucianism) repression, to colorful characters such as Muzimei, whose sexy blog posts (and podcasts) crashed servers with their popularity and raised sweat on the brows of stability-obsessed officials (Did you know [...]

    9. The key issues: "The gender imbalance poses the most immediate threat to the sex lives of millions of Chinese" , ". . . many Chinese remain sexually inhibited, especially those outside of the international cities", and No matter how much more freedom there is in China today, the government still draws the lines in the sand. . . China's leaders have loosened the reins, but they still hold the reins." Change will be slow to come! Well researched. Interesting, considering the topic.

    10. This is an interesting exploration of evolving sexual mores in China. I was intrigued after being regularly propositioned by sex workers in China. The author accurately describes the inconsistency of law enforcement. It is very interesting when there is context. The section on homosexuality in China was fairly loaded with editorializing, however not too distracting. It is a reality. If you are a victim of "Sino-philia " then you will find this book very informative.

    11. There are some interesting tidbits but it's mostly poorly organized and full of platitudes. I thought a book on this rich topic would be much more progressive and thought-provoking. I also take issue with the fact that in the chapter on prostitution the author went on and on for 50 pages (or so, i don't know, I read it in ebook form) basically glorifying the practice, and only paid lip service to trafficking and prostitution's dark side for 3 pages at the end.

    12. Very interesting if you want to understand Chinese culture, especially when it comes to the current, as well as historical, view on sex.

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