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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 9

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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 9A El In a less-inhibited Russia, the topic is sex unicc miinmi Xd IXELPOT. ?J?ur?v A television talk show is helping to purge decades of Soviet sexual repression. tm'. -. '-as Due to i far greater demand than expected from previous advertising, the Compaq C140 PC Companion (sku Z8Q-8S3 featured on page one of our 12797 color newspaper insert wiO not be available. This item was a "special purchase" made possible by buying afl of the remaining inverrtory from the manufacturer and as a result, no additional merchandise will be available. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused. t ! Office ixejpot. 991 T' 89" izZTj- Bolsheviks cultivated an image of sexual freedom to contrast with bourgeois propriety; an early Soviet ambassador to Sweden compared sex to drinking water both were necessary biological functions. But such casuabess quickly gave way to Stalinist rigidity. Soviet repression is far from the only factor in the strict Russian attitudes toward sex. Orthodox Christianity, like many other branches of Christendom, preached that sex sapped the spirit In the mind of Leo Tolstoy, sex for pleasure was a goal "unworthy of man." In reaction to this 19th-century moralism, the early 20th century saw an explosion of sex ual literature, in a period when censorship was lifted before the Bolshevik takeover. It is hard not to see parallels with the current rush of sexual freedom after the collapse of communism. In any case, there is wide agreement that in the new Russia, promiscuity has been on the rise. "The important thing here is that people's ideas about sex, techniques, contraceptives and about feelings associated with sex have expanded," said Anna Varga, a psychotherapist at the Moscow Center for Mental Health. "Different generations started talking about sex. A mother can now discuss these issues with her daughter, which in former times was impossible." zarre. Women dream of tall, dark and handsome men on beaches in Spain; men, of tall, dark and beautiful women on beaches in Spain. A gay man wants to sleep with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Sex experts give on-air advice. A few touches are peculiar to Russia. Perhaps only in Moscow can someone have a fetish for the leather seats on its subway trains. Fantasizing about literature teachers is a big thing. Traditional reserve about discussing sex is commonly attributed to the years of official Soviet puritanism. In the early years of Communist rule, the The Washington Post MOSCOW Early hints of Russia's sexual revolution first surfaced perhaps in the late 1970s, when a Soviet publication noted an increase in premarital sex among young people. Publication of such data must mean a sudden epidemic of raging Soviet hormones, foreign reports at the time conjectured. Then came the 1980s, glasnosfs openness and the appearance of skin magazines, movies that showed naked people, calls for sex education, contraceptives and worries about AIDS. TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POST Call 820-4663 or (800) 654-1231. Gold or silver: your gift of choice with any, v-V . fee Ittlt. ".8 J-.'.V J f -' I &UL,ancome H t V i ATT -: i . i '. ifJtm r4w. . ALL . lSHF, WANTS ', Our gift to you: your choice of a glistening gold or cool-edged silver cosmetics bag. Packed with five party essentials, mascara to lipstick. It's time to sparkle! . CI fmSTMAS JL Ly The '90s? Long kisses on the . - Moscow riverfront, short liaisons in Moscow bushes, impromptu stripping in bars, all-male gay underwater ballets and, finally, the indication that Russia's sexual I revolution is crossing the ulti- mate threshold: talk. Talk, talk, talk. Every week on TV. "l The venue for this break- through is a show called About " That, where for 40 minutes each Saturday night Russians discuss ; the once-undiscussable. Such as the secrets of what men and women like, May-December ro-. mances, homosexuality, virginity, ; masturbation, cross-dressing, I whips you name it. Such sub- jects are staples of American televised blab-a-thons, but Rus-l sians have never been noted for discussing their sex lives, much ; less for broadcasting their tastes to millions of viewers, not to mention their mothers. "The last barrier is coming , down," said Yelena Khanga, the show's host. "This is the culmi- nation." The show is broadcast on NTV, a network owned by a prominent banker and media , magnate, Vladimir Gusinsky. ; NTV is the king of late-night titil-lation: Among its innovations is ' an amateur strip show called '. Realm of the Senses in which a man and woman compete in wacky stunts and the loser has to take off articles of clothing. Sometimes, they never get beyond shoes. The ; prize is computer equipment. Besides the quest for ratings, ; producers of About That claim to ; have a social mission. "It's time to 1 talk about it, because the sexual ' revolution is fast-moving," said Bolat Akunov, one of the show's producers. Guests write or phone in ; about their problems or exploits and then get invited to the show . by category. Their tales range from the commonplace to the bi- i 1 Lancome Tresor The Fragrance for Treasured Moments Indulge her with the many fragrant expressions of Tresor. Great gifts wrapped up and ready to give. Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz. $70 Bath and Shower Gel 6.7 oz. $32 Body Lotion 6.7 oz. 36.50 Body Creme 5 oz. $50 iancOme Mil ; Hong Kong j schools must English drop Ef-i WW 'VST W "' I . ji-r 7 i The New York Times HONG KONG - A simple letter, flimsy on translucent fax paper, shook the beige tile walls of St Louis Secondary School this week, and those of 23 other high schools in Hong Kong. "Dear Principal," the letter on the Rev. Simon Lam Chung-wai's desk began, "we are not satisfied that your school meets the requirements for the effective use of English as a medium for instruction. You should therefore adopt the mother tongue for teaching all academic subjects." Lam shook his head slowly, holding the letter limp in his hands. "Seventy years of history," he said. "Seventy years of history and now the school has to change to a Chinese school. This is unfair to the school." Five months after Hong Kong reverted from British colonial to Chinese rule, the territory's government is moving methodically to end the use of English in high schools and replace it with Cantonese. And though 95 percent of Hong Kong's 6.5 million people speak Cantonese as their first language, the government's decision has been met by a groundswell of opposition. Indeed, in this heartland of Asian commerce, the halls of finance and trade echo less with Cantonese than with English, a language that is now associated less with colonialism than with access to the global economy. English is an official language of government and English is the first language of Hong Kong University, the territory's premier institute of higher learning. Even so, the Hong Kong government insists that Cantonese is the wave of the future and the future starts now. "The education department is heading toward a total teaching in the mother tongue," said Moses Cheng Mo-chi, chairman of the Hong Kong Board of Education. "But ... we have to do it gradually and at a pace that is acceptable to the community." need i WE HAVE A GIFT FOR GIVING ! To order, call 1-800-456-2297. SSJ. One bonus per customer, please. Choice offer good while quantities last. 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