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  • NEWS

    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

    Ruling on rape

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Rape always brings with it devastation -- to the victims, their families and even the public that learns of such crimes. The condemnation is loud, a cry for harsh punishment up to the penalty of death -- a solution many believe can put an end to rape.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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".

  • NEWS

    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.

  • LEARNING

    Thai classical dance adapted to portray Thailand's political crisis

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 20/10/2010

    » Political struggles in present-day Thailand are radically different from the past, and the dance dramas that depict these struggles have also changed.

  • LEARNING

    Wild teens?

    Published on 14/02/2011

    » From headlines in many Thai newspapers around Valentine's Day, you might think that all Thai teenagers are sexual active. That's not fair and not true, say the experts.

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