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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sexpo

This post is rated M-18. Kids shouldn't read this.

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SITEX
The big news is that I went to Sexpo, Singapore's first sex-related exhibition. Yes, I went there partly for the novelty of it all, and partly out of curiosity to see how racy it could get in clean-cut Singapore.

Firstly, no pictures, because I didn't bring my camera. I wasn't sure if I would be going, until a friend bugged me to go together... and I was the one who had messaged her, along with a couple of friends, about it. Seems like she's the only open-minded friend I have. Oh, and she's married.

No, I'm not a third-party! choi!

It cost $15 to get in, and I thought, well, you only live once. There were two parts to the exhibition: a general public, PG-rated area, and an adult R21-rated (though it could've passed as M18 too) section. Every visitor was given a brochure for a spa treatment at H2 Spa & Tea Boutique, and a sample of pjur deodarant. We headed straight to the adult section since that was more interesting, ha.

We were greeted by the booth for Vicon, which sells a penis ring-condom-vibrator, with scantily-clad models/dancers handing out brochures. Other booths included eClub Libido for lingerie and sex toys (giving out free condoms!), The Mannequin Collection for fake breasts (for bra padding), Mobile Lingerie by Bra Shoppe (I didn't stick around to find out what a "Mobile Lingerie" is), and The House of Condom with its four-booth space of vibrators, pumps, lingerie, lubricants, etc. Oh, and also Action for Aids.

There was another booth for a sperm bank that supposedly had live sperm for viewing through a microscope. But when I passed by, I heard the visitor say that the sperm cells weren't moving. "But they were moving just now!" the lady-in-charge exclaimed. Haha, maybe the sperm cells died from the stress of too many visitors, like animals at the zoo.

Interestingly, there was also a booth by Private Asia that was looking for distributors for DVD, PayTV, etc. I don't know what to make of this company.

When we arrived, there was also a talk by Esther Teh of Love N Healing Space, describing the different zodiac types of men and women. I forgot what a Piscean man is, ha. She's basically a New Age practitioner who also does sex-related numerology.

The central area was taken up by exhibits from China. They were mostly art pieces (pots, knives, paintings, sculptures) with depictions of sex. Two items caught my eye. One was something called a "finger pincher" (I think) which was used to punish adulterous wives and disobedient female servants. It was basically a bronze lizard and I could not figure out how it was used.

The other was a wall decoration of two fishes. Nothing wrong about that, except that they're positioned in such a way that, together, they look like the female genital. Hmm, wall decoration...

There was also an enclosed seminar room, but it's a seminar, which means boring yak-yak-yak, so we skipped it. There were also consulting rooms in the corner, but I didn't get anywhere near them to see what was going on.

As we were leaving the adult section, I noticed a crowd at the Vicon booth. I realised that one of the dancers was pole-dancing. And some audience members were taking photos and recording video... and no one minded, not even the cops nearby, who were more interested in ensuring that the audience didn't block the entrance. One more reason to bring a camera!

There was another pole-dancing girl, who danced quite stiffly in my opinion, then a third girl took to the small platform. She was holding one of their products (inflated, of course) and proceeded to show how it was used. She didn't strip, of course, but she did simulate pushing it towards her genitals. I think that's as racy as the authorities would allow: a fully-clothed woman (albeit in a short-short skirt that barely concealed her panties) gripping an inflated condom and thrusting her pelvis at it.

After that, it was back to the public section. There was a panel discussion going on, but it was in Chinese, so I didn't bother to stick around for it. There was a bookshop selling sex guides (basically books with pictures of sexual positions (oh ya, with full nudity inside)) and calendars (dogs, cats, Star Wars III (I am not kidding!)), some massage chairs, Two to Tango, a Chinese health tonic booth, and an Australian shop selling bedsheets.

And that was it. My visit to Singapore's first sex exhibition. Not very racy, eye-opening in a way, and quite informative. With sex shops and sex art and New Age sex therapy, Singapore isn't so straight-laced after all.

The crowd: more young people than "dirty old men", and a lot of couples. For the hour or so that I was there, I think there were less than a thousand people, with most of them in the adult section. I don't recall seeing any children, though they were allowed in the public section.

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2 comments:

emiriyoshikawa said...

This is the first time I read any blog about Sexpo... but I don't really read other people's blog anyway, 4 or 5 so far.

I figured that Spore's sexpo didn't turn out very well compared to other countries due to all our regulations... sad...

You have a interesting blog here, I can't even remember how I stumbled onto it.

My first impression is "WTF! How the hell she can modify until like that?"

Then I read your profile...
"Oh... it's a he... errr... and a Web designer some more... no wonder lah... hahaha..."

To be honest I quite a computer idiot, still trying to figure out how to use most of the features in my "blogger".
*scratch head*

And I read the "Blog Timeline SG", you guys did a great job keeping the records! Well done!!

Anonymous said...

I went to the Sexpo on the first day. To my opinion it was a flop. Many of the display booths were local shops. Only the China area was outstanding. I expected to see more booths from all over the world. Will not visit next year.

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