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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong$
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Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139156

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139156.001.0001

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The (charmed) circle game

The (charmed) circle game

Reflections on sexual hierarchy through multiple sexual relationships

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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong
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The purpose of this study is to capture the lived experience of eight men and women with multiple partners in Hong Kong. By investigating their ways of coping with social and moral pressures, the study aims to explore the tension between proper masculinity/femininity and personal desires which often result in the violation of what is socially defined as ‘good’, ‘normal’ and ‘natural’. Their selective appropriation of cultural norms and gender ideals offers a vantage point not only to recuperate a lived version of ‘Chinese’ sexuality, but also to re-visit Gayle Rubin's concept of sexual hierarchy.

Keywords:   Multiple sexual relationships, Multiple partners, Sexual hierarchy, Sexuality, Desires

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