Public Morals

South Korea has banned the importation of sex dolls.  From the article:

While sex dolls are not illegal in South Korea, government customs agencies had blocked their import under a law that restricts materials that “corrupt public morals.”


However, the Seoul High Court said in January that sex dolls were for personal use and should be treated differently than pornography, which is heavily restricted under South Korean law. That decision was upheld by the supreme court in June.
The ruling has sparked a backlash, with one petition filed with the presidential Blue House gathering more than 237,000 signatures. The unidentified author of the petition argued that an influx of imported sex dolls could lead to an increase in sex crimes.

I’d love to see the supporting statistics for that last statement.  Except, of course, there aren’t any.  Someone just had a hunch.

What really surprises me is that pornography is “heavily restricted” in Korea.  That doesn’t seem to jibe with conversations I’ve had with people who’ve been there.


  1. I suspect it has more to do with their viewpoint and definition of what constitutes pornography. Koreans verses non-Koreans. The activities of Non-natives (barbarians) may be perfectly acceptable.

  2. Yep, it’s all about the definition. You won’t really see much graphic sex in Korea, but you’ll see things that go against what Americans consider “decent” quite often.

    Then again, you’ll also see two men or two women holding hands, and almost never see a man and a woman holding hands. So… cultural differences and all that.

    1. Correct. Americans are so much more prudish than most other people. Pretty much the only ones who beat them at that game are guys like the Taliban and the Iranian mullahs.

      Though the Christian left in the Netherlands is pretty bad as well.

  3. > What really surprises me is that pornography is “heavily restricted” in Korea.

    Pot used to be heavily restricted here in the US. LSD, Coke and Heroin still are.

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