Free love abounds, but Mao’s sex life is off limits

By John Doyle

Courtesy: The Globe and Mail, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007

… The documentary, written and directed by Josh Freed and former Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent Miro Cernetig, starts with footage of a night club, somewhere in China. We are told, “This is a new world of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” The over all theme is this: “The Chinese are rediscovering their libido and they’re making up for lost time.”

Soon, there is murky footage of what is described as a bordello, and then we get the message that the sexual revolution is actually a mess: There is a hidden problem, with prostitution increasing, creating a deadly HIV crisis.

There are many comparisons with Mao-era China. That’s when, officially, carnal desire didn’t exist. But, of course, it existed for Mao himself. Apparently he had an abiding lust for virginal girls and an endless supply of them, but nobody ever talks about that. Even today, one person interviewed for the doc declines to say anything about Mao’s sex life, declaring that the conversation would be illegal….

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