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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.

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    The garden of erotic delights

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 06/03/2016

    » ‘Eroticism is in everyone’s thoughts, but not everyone is brave enough to express it,” Katai Kamminga says of the passion which has taken over her garden. In the past two years, she has transformed the two rai of land she owns in a tucked-away part of Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district, filling it with suggestive art.

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    Glam fest at Tiffany's

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/09/2018

    » The dressing room was in absolute chaos.

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    Tainted by a sordid tradition

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 21/05/2017

    » For Note, a 42-year-old freelance journalist in northern Thailand, there's nothing bigger or more exciting than welcoming government officials from the central office in Bangkok. The officials visit for inspections, meeting with locals and talking to the local media. The trip is usually well organised from the moment they arrive until they leave the area.

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    Through a screen darkly

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 13/11/2016

    » In recent years, if you are Thai, you may have encountered an argument about which social class you belong to or how you define others -- probably as a nationalist, liberal, conservative, pro-military, royalist, red or yellow.

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    Singapore comes under pressure over genital mutilation of babies

    Published on 13/10/2016

    » LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Medical clinics in Singapore are carrying out female genital cutting on babies, according to people with first-hand experience of the procedure, despite growing global condemnation of the practice which world leaders have pledged to eradicate.

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    Stuck in the slow lane to stress

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 04/09/2016

    » A taxi cuts across the lane ahead. A six-wheel truck loaded with sand bursts onto the main road. Motorbikes weave alongside. Another taxi cuts across the lane. Someone honks a horn. Every car is rushing to pass an intersection. When the traffic lights switch to red, the chaos eases for a few, brief minutes. Heat haze shimmers near the exhaust pipes of vehicles.

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    When school isn’t safe

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 10/01/2016

    » Bung* is in Mathayom 3 and is counting down the days until he can leave and finally join a school where male students are in the minority. “Three more months in hell,” Bung says hopefully.

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    Giving protection to a generation at risk

    Spectrum, Published on 20/12/2015

    » It’s early evening, and Smornthum Suknirundr waits outside in a van with the rest of her team as a male volunteer enters the Bangkok gay bar. Inside it is mostly young men — just the demographic Ms Smornthum is looking for.

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    Yangon's women start to fight sexual harassment

    Spectrum, Published on 19/10/2014

    » It happens regularly. A woman boards one of Yangon city's crowded buses to start her daily journey to work or school. A man stands behind her and all of a sudden she feels him pressing against her. She is too scared to tell him to stop and the man continues, despite being surrounded by many others on the overcrowded bus.

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