Well, it’s good to know where the limits lie

So, just to be clear, it’s OK for a teacher to have sex with a 12-year-old student as long as the student wants it?

A teacher in his 20s had sex with a 12-year-old student, but wasn’t prosecuted because she protected him, police said Thursday.

The teacher, a 29-year-old single man, started to have sex with the girl months after he began teaching at an elementary school in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, late last year.

Police launched an investigation after their relationship was revealed. However, the girl asked police not to punish him, saying she had sex because she loved him.

Police subsequently dropped the case.

UPDATE: Media pressure can be a good thing sometimes—the cops have decided to arrest the teacher after all.

Korean censors in retreat?

The Grand Narrative’s James Turnbull has a piece in Haps about censors in Korea trying to maintain footing in a rapidly opening society. Some of the examples mentioned are um, interesting.

Korean TV broadcaster SBS decided that female performers could wear hot pants, but couldn’t expose their navels. KBS banned a music video because the singer didn’t wear a seat belt. And the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family has slapped R19 labels on dozens of songs just for mentioning alcohol, including Psy’s “Right Now” for the line “Life is toxic like alcohol”, which was deemed “obscene”.

Like most everywhere else, “obscene” on the big screen sells:

The Servant and the remake of The Housemaid would be noteworthy for their salacious content. Indeed, the former has been described as containing perhaps the most erotic scene ever witnessed in a Korean film, which probably explains why Korean audiences watched it in droves.

Looks to be the trend is on.

Facing stiff competition from Hollywood blockbusters, Korean filmmakers would repeat the strategy this year. First, with The Scent in April, which featured actress Park Si-yeon in the nude; then, with A Muse, which showed sex scenes between a teenage girl and a man in his 70s.

Stiff competition. Ouch. Read the rest here.

For the few of you who haven’t checked out Turnbull’s long running and well-researched blog, I highly suggest you do. He is far and away the go-to-guy on Korean gender, sexuality and pop culture issues.

Ok. I’ll admit that part of my admiration is due to the fact that, along with solid commentary, he does manage to find a ton of stellar images.

Nine in ten teens not getting laid

I’m not sure if that’s what the Chosun wanted me to take away from this report, but there you have it.

Thought this line was funny:

More male students (4.5 percent) than female students (2.5 percent) said they had sex, a common but baffling result of such surveys.

All joking aside, the numbers are still impressive, even assuming the actual numbers are probably higher.

Koreans have less sex, but more extramarital sex

According to one survey, Korean men are the world’s second most unfaithful, with 34% reporting that they’ve been unfaithful to their partners.

For those keeping score at home, Thai men are the most unfaithful. Malaysians were third, followed by Russians and Hong Kongers.

Then today, NotCut News (and others) reports a poll by the multinational pharmaceuticals company Eli Lilly revealed that Koreans are having less sex than much of the rest of the planet. According to the poll, taken of men and women above the age of 34 in 13 countries, Koreans have sex on average 1.04 times a week, placing near the bottom. In particular, 75% responded that they have sex less than once a week.

Nearly half of Koreans have felt their partners trying to avoid sex, with the most common excuse being fatigue.

Last time I checked, nobody had a ‘right’ to get laid

In the Korea Times, we have this bewildering piece about how the sexual “rights” of the disabled are being ignored.

Look, I’m all in favor of legalized prostitution, but sex as a social welfare service for the sexually undesirable? Are you freakin’ serious?

Nearly 2.42 million people are registered as disabled as of June 2009, with 95 percent of them disabled due to disease or accident, according to state statistics.

With no efficient measures to counter the discrimination and bias, “sex volunteers” have emerged as a possible solution.

As the name implies, sex volunteers refer to a group of healthy people who are willing to sleep with disabled people as part of social welfare program. Other services offered in the program include helping masturbation and an affair between a disabled man and woman. The direct sex service is not punishable here, law experts said, as long as the service is offered for free.

Fortunately, it seems the government has little interest in this idea.

People Get Laid When Their Team Wins

The World Cup: share it with someone you love:

On the Saturday night of Korea’s convincing victory over Greece in their opening match of the 2010 South Africa World Cup, convenience stores recorded a jump in condom sales.

It may be thanks largely to the raging hormones of hundreds of thousands of young people braving the rain in rooting for their team outdoors across the nation. Perhaps, it may need two more victories from Korea to see a firm correlation between the two.

GS25, a convenience store subsidiary of GS Group, said Monday that its outlets had sold about 5,000 condoms on Saturday, a five-fold increase from four years ago during the Germany World Cup.

Oh, it gets better:

“When folks are excited, their sympathetic nerves are stimulated. When they relax afterward their parasympathetic nerves are aroused,” said Park Jung-soo, a neurologist at Hanyang University

“The switches are similar to the mechanisms of male ejaculation. Watchers of intriguing sports games feel such switches several times over the course of the games. At the end of the day, they may be susceptible to sexual arousal.”