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    Bad education?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 11/02/2019

    » Sex is rarely a topic we discuss freely in Thailand. Shunned in our conservative culture, sex -- as a topic of discussion -- is received with either embarrassment, shame or laughter, not to be taken seriously or with a straight face.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Call me by her name

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/07/2018

    » While the interest and market for gay-themed stories continue to grow -- on online channels, on television series and in cinemas -- the sub-genre of lesbian movies has still got some catching up to do, especially in Thailand. Once in a blue moon, a lesbian film would drop on our cinema or TV screens, and the ones that had an actual cultural impact can be counted on one hand. At last week's LGBT Film Festival, which saw an enthusiastic turnout, there was then just one lesbian film among a dozen gay-themed international titles. All of this seems to signify that truly fair representation of gender and sexuality in the media still has quite a way to go.

  • BUSINESS

    Let's talk about sex

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 10/12/2018

    » Ask anyone what sex means and you will get any number of different responses. After all, it's a highly personal matter and can mean different things to different people. It is such a delicate and intimate topic that most people prefer to avoid the conversation altogether.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Sex education

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 11/07/2016

    » Male TV-talk-show host Wuthithorn "Woody" Milintachinda announced recently that he's married a man. The news in a way served as a long-awaited clarification given that Wuthithorn's sexual identity has always been in question. Indeed, it's received a mixed bag of reactions.

  • NEWS

    Sex education falling short, Unicef finds

    News, Dumrongkiat Mala, Published on 01/06/2017

    » Sex education at secondary level fails to equip students with the skills they need to address issues like HIV/Aids, teenage pregnancies and gender rights due to poor teacher training and not enough classes, claims a Unicef-supported study released Wednesday.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Into the light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2019

    » Transgender drag queen Angele Anang lowered to the floor as she was pushed around and thrown away by a group of masked men. Her wig was removed. Nude, she crawled to her father, who was sitting nearby. He put a white flowing dress on her, crying as he did so. Angele, then bald and in white, went back to fight the masked men, over whom she proudly triumphed.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Glowing in the moonlight

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/02/2017

    » The best film among the Oscar's Best Picture nominees, Moonlight glows like an iridescent animal, tender in touch and sensitive to the complexity of life -- black life, or masculine life, or black masculine life, or maybe just life. It's also a film about sexuality and identity, the two forces intersecting at the burning crossroads of race.

  • LIFESTYLE

    In the closet -- or not

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/08/2015

    » Actress Kristen Stewart's refusal to confirm her sexuality, and a round-up of other worldwide LGBT news this month

  • LIFESTYLE

    Enduring play moves into the #MeToo generation

    Life, Published on 05/04/2018

    » Last Thursday, women from 12 countries took the audience by storm in a perceptive, inspiring, and hilarious performance of The Vagina Monologues. The diverse members of Bangkok Rising, a volunteer organisation whose main cause is to raise awareness of the need for gender equality and an end to gender-based violence, rendered tangible the reality of womanhood in a context of oppression, abuse, and also self-discovery. In a powerful conclusion, they turned their attention to the appalling state of gender-based violence today, more than 20 years after the play's premiere.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A right to know?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/09/2017

    » In Bangkok, a form recently surfaced at a hotel in Nana, and it has gone viral. It tells guests to be aware that "the person" -- an allusion to a prostitute -- they are bringing to the room could be a "ladyboy".

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