World Sex Roundup: Pork as Aphrodisiac in Argentina; Bestiality Ban in Holland

By Smriti Rao | February 3, 2010 1:27 pm

condomsThe next time your partner isn’t in the mood for some nookie, how about tempting him or her with a piece of… er… pork? It may sound strange, but Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez swears that a little bit of pig has a whole lot of pop to it.

Reuters quotes the president:

“I’ve just been told something I didn’t know; that eating pork improves your sex life… I’d say it’s a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra,” President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig farming industry. She said she recently ate pork and “things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true.”

Well, maybe pork could spice things up in the bedroom, but plenty of other foods have previously been rumored to be aphrodisiacs, like oysters, bananas, figs, strawberries, raspberries, sweet basil, and garlic. It also helps to remember that President Fernandez made this remark while addressing bigwigs from the pig farming industry, and that the country is trying to get beef-happy Argentinians to eat more pork.

Speaking of pigs, there’s related news from Europe. A new law approved by the upper house of the Dutch parliament bans human sex with animals, which until now was legal in the Netherlands, providing the animal was unharmed. The new law also prohibits the production or distribution of animal pornography, dealing a body blow to–ahem–animal lovers around the world.

Reuters reports:

Given the illicit nature of the product, precise figures on animal pornography video sales are difficult to find, but the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, in a 2007 survey, found that distributors in the Netherlands were responsible for some 80 percent of bestiality videos worldwide.

So, no more crazy horse-lady-man-tortoise videos anymore. Which could potentially be a blow to frustrated Chinese migrant workers who, the Chinese government worries, aren’t getting enough action. Guangdong province, whose export industries are powered by millions of migrant workers from across China, is home to many men who have left their wives behind–and 36 percent of those married men, according to a new China Daily survey, are sexually repressed.

The provincial government is now anxious that these men could be out and about, indulging in unsafe sex. Meanwhile, women may also be corrupted, China Daily reported, and could be turning to the internet for release–going as far as “participating in the online sex industry, such as chatting to men online while nude.”

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