Thursday, September 27, 2007

Random Foreign Prudery from the BBC

While those of us who are American secularists often complain about our crop of domestic religious fundamentalists obsessed with the issue of sex, we often forget that attitudes towards sex or any public displays of intimacy can be just as bad, if not worse.

This evening, the BBC web site features two articles on this topic. The first, reports that China, yes, that officially atheistic country in Asia that is home to over a billion people, is banning "sexy" ads. I wonder if I can apply for the job of official censor.

"I'm going to have to look at these pictures of these lingerie clad ladies a little longer before I can decide if they're too sexy to be seen in public."

The ban also applies to advertisements for sex toys and products touted as enhancing sexual performance.

But going for the gold medal in absurdity, the Richard Gere/Shilpa Shetty kiss scandal has a new development. While the ban on the lovely Miss Shetty being able to leave the country was suspended, apparently Indian customs at Mumbai Airport did not get the memo.

For goodness sakes! Lighten the fuck up India! It's abundantly clear that Ms. Shetty was taken by surprise when Gere spontaneously planted a kiss on her on stage. What was she supposed to do, kick him in the balls in front of the audience? And to think this is the country that gave the world the Kama Sutra.

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