On young woman told Time, “I first had sex when I was 20.When I go back to my home village, I see that girls are already having sex when they are 15 and 16.
A man is encouraged to seek sexual pleasure as recreation, and sex with commercial sex workers represents an acceptable and “responsible” behavior to fulfill the sexual desires of single and married men.
On the other hand, the dichotomous stereotype of the good-woman/bad-woman exists: a “good” woman, personified in the image of a kulasatrii, is expected to be a virgin when she marries and to remain monogamous with her husband; otherwise she is categorized as “bad.” Men and women are socialized to maintain distance from the opposite gender.
Exploitation of children for commercial sex purposes, and the high rates of HIV infection among sex workers and the population at large, are some of the many problems that have followed. Traditionally, men and women in Thai society depend on each other for the fulfillment of both religious and secular goals, as well as their needs for love and passion.
The rise of HIV infection has caused Thai people to question and challenge many sexual norms and practices, most notably the men's rite-of-passage practice of having the first sexual intercourse with a female sex worker. Despite such reciprocal need, the existence of power differential is clear, and it may have been affirmed by the gender hierarchy sanctioned by Theravada Buddhism.
Newer generations of Thai people are finding that the clear-cut traditional gender constructions can no longer explain their evolving, amorphous forms of gender relations.
[Ibid] “Another area that has received recent attention is male and female homosexual behaviors.As part of a “social evils” campaign launched in the early girlie bars were forced to close at am.In a 2001 Time magazine sex survey 28 percent of males and 28 percent of females said they thought they were sexy. 93 percent of males and 82 percent of females said yes.Passion, courtship, romance, and love between men and women are glorified, and the love-inspired sentiments in Thai literature and music can rival the jubilance and pathos in any other culture.[Ibid] “Nonetheless, an uneasy tension between the genders is evident in the way Thai men and women view one another, especially in the areas of intimacy, trust, and sexuality.[Ibid] Despite the high visibility given Thailand’s sex industry and the Thai anything-goes attitude about life, Thais can be very shy and conservative when it comes to sex. Most Thai actress refuse to do nude scenes and explicit sex scenes are cut from movies.