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[–] greycloud 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

good idea, this type of stuff made readily available to the public while retaining privacy is the type of shit that combats violence. this is what a real strategy against terrorism looks like.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've never really seen any special problems with violence (and I think you might mean rape, sexual assault?) but one of the big 'unsaid' concerns lately has been a rumoured massive increase in STD's and especially among the younger people.

So in that sense yes this is why its really more of a 'Public Good' thing to combat disease in my estimation. In fact the 'autoplay' video that runs in the store proudly shows a CCTV Story about the new 'private romance' vending machines. This tells you the government is sanctioning this.

I did like that even sales of wierd rubber things also include condoms (I think what happens is you get a bonus credit which you can exchange for condoms) and they have STD information.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is probably old technology in Japan and certainly not too shocking for most Westerners but this was quite a surprise to see in our University District neighbourhood here in Guangzi Province China.

The unique thing isn't just this socially liberal storefront but that its not really a proper store but an automatic 24/7 row of vending machines and 'self-checkout'. No staff members.

At first it seems a bit surprising to see this allowed in relatively strict China but there may be some method to the sexy madness. Chinese can be easily embarrassed and especially the Uni students. This way they can simply slip in through the automatic sliding door, drop money into the checkout and I believe the idea is to encourage them to buy condoms more than anything. (my understanding, as far as I could tell, some or many items come with free bonus condoms or of course just buy the condoms).

Too soon to say the consequences or downsides. It does have a fairly substantial security camera pointed at the machines and even 'demonstration videos' on touch screens (you can call 'very soft porn).

I loved the little 'Display Cases' even though quite seriously I cannot imagine who wants a disembodied freaky looking 'Star Wars Slug Creature' with a human-like vagain on on end??

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[–] Kleyno 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This can't be China, can it?

Last I heard the Chinese government viewed any pornographic material as degenerate, which I presume would extend to sex toys.

Unless the Internet has been lying to me again.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

But you are right because they do ban pornography. Its funny you mention that because after we got home from this 'sex toy shop' quite literally the very first CCTV story we watched was a couple caught going to hotels and making (then distributing) pornography!

These 'Made in China' porno's are a hot topic the government is pledging to crack down on.

As for sex toys or XXX stores. I've seen 3 of them. 2 are in Diplomatic Districts (sorta tells you something) and one in a Guangzhou Hotel District which hilariously had just totally open front doors with dildos hanging in full view of any passing family on the sidewalk lol.

But it does seem like 'dildos' or whatever sex toys are permitted, sexy lingerie stores are abundant, some of these Japanese comic books seem to me pretty damn close to 'Soft Porn' of some sort and lately two other things I've noticed in just the last year:

  • Suddenly almost every pharmacy or supermarket has a fairly impressive and prominant 'KY Lotion' Shelf. Lotions, 40 Flavours of Lube, Exotic Condoms, 'pleasure massage products'.

  • Somewhere in the last year Cialis/Viagra or whatever the 'boner pills' are being sold without prescriptions. Still behind shelves but just ask and they will ring it up. I even noticed they have quite a wide variety, generics, whatever various versions, large boxes for savings or 'singles' now.

Whats the deal? It might help to know China has just passed the '2-Child Policy'. That might explain why there are 'toddler clothing stores' showing up on every damn corner around here.

So I think if anything they want to keep cracking down on pornography itself more than ever. Basically they do NOT want people watching people have sex but instead want couples to spend that time instead doing it to themselves hehe.