Friday, May 02, 2008

Reference: Thailand's women suffer in silence, Bangkok Post, May 1, 2008

The article notes that the Durex sex survey shows that 70% of Thai women do not have orgasm during intercourse and concludes from this data that it is the product of a patriarchal society with a mysgogynist culture unique to Thailand. The logic in this argument is somewhat of a stretch. We may deduce from the data that 30% of Thai women do achieve orgasm during intercourse. This percentage is not far off the global average and well above that of our Asia Pacific neighbors including India, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. China has achieved greater gender equality than Thailand by all other measures but their female orgasm rate is a paltry 24%, significantly less than that of Thailand. The column makes some good points about gender inequality in Thailand but confuses the issue by trying to link it with orgasms.

Cha-am Jamal

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