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Sociologist James Farrer of the Sophia University in Tokyo comments in Global Post on the opening and closure of China’s sex park “Love Land” in Chongqing, earlier this month.

“In some ways, the concept of the sex park and its sudden closure represent the same phenomenon, a sense in China that sex has been repressed and should be ‘opened up’ to match the culture of sex abroad,” said sociologist James Farrer, author of a book on youth sex culture in Shanghai. “And ‘opening up’ in China means commercial exploitation.”

Farrer continued, “As for the closing of the park, it reflects the reality that Chinese are indeed conservative about sex, at least in public, though not necessarily very conservative in private.”

Looking at the part, Farrer wonders whether it would have attracted that much attention from China’s consumers, since the parks seemed rather boring compared to real life in China:

“People in China are willing to pay for sex in barber shops and saunas because they get a straightforward sexual service, often including full intercourse. There are now sexual services for women as well,” he said. “The theme park in contrast was just a bunch of exhibits and pictures, and people would have quickly tired with it.”

James Farrer is also a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you want his to sha

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re his insights, do let us know.

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