House of Incest day 6 – Singaporeans on Sex

Singaporeans on Sex
Roundtable discussion feat. Alex Au, Roderick Chia, Pat Law, Martha Lee, Trish Leong.

Truly an interesting topic, in many ways, specially within the ‘conservative’ context of Singapore. Of course as it was organized by The Obscene, held in Post Museum, most probably, and it seemed like so, that the audiences were not as conservative as we might expected them to be. Despite so, it was an interesting discussion as speakers brought up engaging points and topics.

As a gay audience though, I would like to hear from the straight and lesbian speakers more. The speakers were chosen based on their fields of sexuality. They ‘represent’ each from the possible sexuality that we can find here (I guess) from straight man and woman, gay man, lesbian woman and a transgender. As usual the gay speakers were more vocal, but despite that, they made interesting reflections and provided interesting theory.

Alex Au gave us a look into his experience with sex workers (it was one of the topic brought up, would you pay or be paid for sex). Apart from his personal encounter which turned into friendship with a Thai sex worker, he also gives his theory on how as a country progresses, like Singapore, payable sex scene will also expand. Of course it is based on many various reasons, but one of them is economy where as people have excess money to spend, sex is plausible and even probable to be the among the top avenue. Power and privilege too join in as the motivation.

Other speakers also put in their thoughts of sex into the round table discussion. Trishia Leong poured her personal experience of being a transgender and reflected upon her sex life. Pat Law gave us insights on lesbian dating scene. Roderick Chia who had to leave early read us a book review on Berlin’s 1940s sex scenes and Martha Lee, a sex guru, showed her interest in genital massage, a form of relaxation which sounds perverse but proves to be otherwise!

To conclude, sex has to be an issue that is not a taboo to be discussed, explored and experienced. It is part of human nature and the need of the flesh, so why eliminate that from the convention? I fing that there should be more of this discussion on sex, not only as a form of academic and entertainment, but to educate and demystify the myth of sex being obscene and inappropriate.

And to accompany on the issue of Sex in Singapore, check out these two videos of Channel News Asia discussing sex and sexuality in Singapore.

The videos are from Youtube user, sgenquirer, and are based on the AWARE Saga in 2009.

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