Bangkok, Thailand CNN Thailand's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft bill that will legally recognize same-sex civil partnerships and give greater rights to same-sex couples, a potential first for any nation in Southeast Asia if passed into law. People walk past a reflection of the Gay Pride Month logo projected on a giant screen in downtown Bangkok on June 17, If ratified by parliament, it would make Thailand only the second place in Asia to allow for the registration of same-sex unions after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage last year. While it doesn't go as far as endorsing same-sex marriage, the Civil Partnership Bill allows same-sex couples to legally register their union, a significant move in what remains a largely conservative nation.
Thailand could become the first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex civil partnerships
Acculturation and Sexual Function in Asian Women | SpringerLink
Cultural effects on sexuality are pervasive and potentially of great clinical importance, but have not yet received sustained empirical attention. The purpose of this study was to explore the role of acculturation on sexual permissiveness and sexual function, with a particular focus on arousal in Asian women living in Canada. We also compared questionnaire responses between Asian and Euro-Canadian groups in hopes of investigating whether acculturation captured unique information not predicted by ethnic group affiliation. Euro-Canadian women had significantly more sexual knowledge and experiences, more liberal attitudes, and higher rates of desire, arousal, sexual receptivity, and sexual pleasure. Anxiety from anticipated sexual activity was significantly higher in Asian women, but the groups did not differ significantly on relationship satisfaction or problems with sexual function. Acculturation to Western culture, as well as maintained affiliation with traditional Asian heritage, were both significantly and independently related to sexual attitudes above and beyond length of residency in Canada, and beyond ethnic group comparisons. Overall, these data suggest that measurement of acculturation may capture information about an individual's unique acculturation pattern that is not evident when focusing solely on ethnic group comparisons or length of residency, and that such findings may be important in facilitating the assessment, classification, and treatment of sexual difficulties in Asian women.
Acculturation and Sexual Function in Asian Women
Pierson, Jr. Sexual dimorphism in fat distribution is thought to emerge during puberty. Truncal or android body fat distribution is characteristic of adult males but is also recognized as a human cardiovascular risk factor. Race differences in truncal fat are clearly evident in adults and have been described in prepubertal children but not between Asians and other race groups. The aim of this study in African-American, Asian, and Caucasian prepubertal children was to evaluate sex differences and race differences in body fat distribution.
Methods: To qualify, respondents must have had sexual intercourse at least once in the past 12 months. Women must have had heterosexual intercourse. Data were weighted by population size between countries. The majority were married or in a relationship. Men and women reported having sexual intercourse 5.