When I heard that Richard Berger of The Peking Duck had written a book about coitus in China, I anticipated it to be a kindly libelous preface to the subject( he told me it was not for the experts in China). was). was). was). still, I set up Behind the Red Door Sex in China to be an incredibly in-depth disquisition of coitus and fornication in China.
He covers nearly every aspect — courting, marriage, harlotry, concubines, homosexuality, pornography, coitus shops — and covers each in a way that considers once and presents and avoids easy answers.,
My only complaint with the book was that Berger had corrected missionaries of the history for bringing forth their close Western views on homosexuality.
He highlights an extract from Jesuit jottings in 1610
” The misery of these men shows that they do nothing lower than natural lusts which reverse the order of effects and this is neither banned by law nor considered illegal, or indeed That there’s no reason to be shamed. It’s intimately spoken and rehearsed far and wide. There’s no bone to stop it.”
Richard used it to prove his overarching point that homosexuality is condemned in the West grounded on religious considerations, but it was freely rehearsed in China until missionaries interposed” off the thoroughfares”. rehearsed. rehearsed. The passing Chinese men saw hookers as furnishing entertainment.
No bone was harmed.” still, Richard wrote many runners latterly to say that among manly hookers” the most prized were those between the periods of 12 and 14,” and that,” unlike the doxies who were frequently were considered members of the family. Katamites( manly hookers) are believed to have been thrown down like an old shoe, and numerous came mendicants, who worked little and lived in poverty. failed.”
So maybe the monk was surprised not only by homosexuality but also by society’s mixed acceptance of child harlotry. still, his content of the ultramodern- day conflict within Chinese society over the issue of homosexuality appears accurate and is worth the price of the book in itself.
He also appears to struggle with how to present the incongruity that while puritanical stations to coitus ended China’s sexual freedom, Western openness has now led to China’s coitus-re-liberalization.., have contributed. Richard still brings this point towards the end of the book.
With that out of the way, I would like to say that I really enjoyed the book, and set up new information about stations toward coitus in ancient China, as well as numerous intriguing stories about further current events.
I was also pleased to learn that Richard’s book avoided a Chinasmack approach to some motifs, meaning it concentrated more on particular exchanges and news accounts than restated commentary from Chinese communication boards( though not entirely No) Were dependent.
I suppose it gives a more accurate view of what is really going on than just fastening on the most outrageous incidents. In addition, Richard’s style, which has been honed in his blogging times, reads veritably well despite the quantum of information in each runner.