South Korean Condom Sales Rise After North Korean Nuke Test
It would appear that the North Korean test of a nuclear device has prompted the South Koreans to get busy.
As tends to be the case in disasters and crises, sales of condoms and reservations at motels surged in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test on Oct. 9. One online hotel reservations site reports that everything is completely booked up through the end of the month in what it calls an “exceptional” flood of guests. If there is apathy about security among Koreans, there is also a silent terror seeking release in sex.
Experts offer various explanations. “There has been research showing that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. citizens also engaged in more sexual encounters than normal,” says Seong Gyeong-won, head of the Korea Institute for Sex Education. “Prof. Pepper Schwartz, a University of Washington sociologist, insists that as the level of anxiety in a society rises, people are capable of experiencing more passionate desire.”
via Carolyn O’Hara, who titles her post “South Koreans make love, not war.”