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Sex, Easy To Joke About But Hard To Talk About


SexIn October 2009, Institute for Social Development Studies and VNN Publishing Company has introduced the book: “Sex: Easy To Joke About But Hard To Talk About” from the authors team Khuat Thu Hong, Le Bach Duong, and Nguyen Ngoc Huong. This 420 pages book is published by Knowledge Publishing House, its cover was especially designed by artist Thanh Chuong.
This publication is one product from the project Capacity Enhancement for Research on Sexuality and Sexual Health in Vietnam under the sponsorship from Ford Foundation. In this book, the authors team present their initial effort to understand the social constructs of sexuality in Vietnam from the sociological perspective. From this angle, sex is considered as a live entity that moves with the society, it is shaped and grown with the human development and is not an immutable bio-psychological factor over time and space.
The book is presented in two main components, the first part introduces the ISDS’s research on the social constructs of sexuality in Viet Nam from 2003 to 2008, the basic theories and definitions of sexuality (what is sexuality? How is sexuality socially constructed?) Also in this part, the authors team give an overview of the sexual space in contemporary Viet Nam society: from the Confucius period to the era of Viet Nam joining the WTO. The second part, also the main part of the book, includes six chapters that go through different themes about sexuality in contemporary Viet Nam:

  • Chapter 1: Purpose and meaning of sex.
  • Chapter 2: Virginity and pre-marital sex.
  • Chapter 3: Sexuality within marriage.
  • Chapter 4: Sex outside marriage – ethical issue or a matter of taste?
  • Chapter 5: Homosexuality.
  • Chapter 6: Sexuality education.
The book is ended with a heartfelt message from the research team: “It is now time to learn how to talk about sex seriously. To do such thing, we have to have a sincere and open attitude, there is no place for hesitation or dishonesty. Each person’s life will be better if sex is no longer an issue that hard to talk about.”
“Sex: Easy To Joke About But Hard To Talk About” is one among the first publications that address sex in Vietnam with scientific approach. The book is now available in most bookstores throughout the country in Vietnamese and English.
For more information, please contact Ms. Thanh Nhan at the Resource Center, Institute for Social Development Studies.
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