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A sex survey in several Asian countries reveals a special love of spanking in one nation.

Published March 16, 2001 8:32PM (EST)

Along with the beautiful scenery and relaxed attitude you'll find in Thailand, you might see Thai couples spanking one another's bottoms until they turn bright pink, cheered on by gays waiting in line for seconds. According to a new sex survey in Asian countries, people in Thailand seem to enjoy getting their butts spanked, and have no problem with homosexuality.

According to the Bangkok Post, the survey conducted by Time Asia magazine questioned men and women in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines. Respondents indicated that they all liked the missionary position best for intercourse -- apparently it's good to always keep an eye on things -- but from there on out results differed widely.

Koreans, for instance, are apparently the biggest consumers of pornography, especially among women: Nearly a third of Korean females admitted to watching porn, with 28 percent saying they had hunted for it online in the past three months. But the nation with the most eager women seems to be Singapore, where 18 percent of females say they initiate sex -- the most of any country. This statistic may shed light on the fact that Singapore also boasts the most faithful couples, with two-thirds of the men bragging that they have never strayed outside their relationships.

But it is Thailand that offers the most sexual freedom. In the spanking department, 37 percent of Thai men and 34 percent of women gave a thumbs up to the bottom swat (a reassuring figure, especially for those in the paddle business). Thai men were also the most accepting of gays, with 47 percent saying they have no problems with homosexuality. (Compare this with South Korea, where only 23 percent reported a positive attitude toward gays.)

Among all the countries surveyed, Hong Kong consistently ranked at the bottom in sexiness. Only 2 percent of men there reported enjoying getting their ass smacked, and a mere 5 percent of men and 16 percent of women said they consider themselves sexy.

Residents of Hong Kong are encouraged to quit their jobs and head to the Philippines, where 68 percent of women and 55 percent of men think they've got it going on sexually. Or, if they're feeling especially liberated, perhaps they should go to Bangkok for a good spanking.

By Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware is a writer in San Francisco and author of "San Francisco Bizarro" and "Sex American Style."

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