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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sociologist Li Yinhe on the criminalization of group sex

The ChinaGeeks blog has published a partial translation of several blog posts by sociologist Li Yinhe criticizing the recent criminal case brought against Professor Ma Xiaohai and others for organizing group sex activities. If you haven't heard of this case, here are excerpts from the introduction to the translation. Please click on the link above for the rest.

Sexologist and activist Li Yinhe has dedicated her latest three blog posts to the defence of Ma Xiaohai, a Nanjing Technical University professor who recently pleaded ‘not guilty’ to accusations of group licentiousness, having been caught organising group sex meetings. . . .

Professor Ma is involved in the ‘swingers trial’ currently in progress in Nanjing, in which 22 people are accused of violating group licentiousness law for participating in ‘wife-swapping’ activities. The law forbids all sexual activity between three or more people, even when private and between consenting adults, but has never been invoked before.

The case has attracted plenty of attention from the media and on message boards, especially given that Professor Ma was the only defendant to plead not guilty. Interestingly, although the media have generally slated him, Ma receives considerable support in online discussion forums.

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