The "Room Thing" And Other Indirect Chinese References to Sex | Speaking of China

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  1. Fred
    Fred February 4, 2013 at 10:16 am | | Reply

    @Jocelyn. Tell us the details about the “room thing” between you and your hubby. We all want to know.

  2. Sveta
    Sveta February 4, 2013 at 10:43 am | | Reply

    I don’t think I’d like to know…

  3. askdsk
    askdsk February 4, 2013 at 10:49 am | | Reply

    Modern Chinese literature has described the village sex life to be crude and wild. It is the more educated class use terms like “sex life”.
    I would skip the last part of the writing to avoid people like Fred. Some things are better to be private. I don’t see how Americans behave differently.

  4. Bruce
    Bruce February 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm | | Reply

    What “room thing”? I don’t know anything about the “room thing”.

  5. centaur
    centaur February 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm | | Reply

    For anyone interested in learning more about the culture and history of sex in China, here is a good starting point:
    see also

    This book has been banned for a long time in China due to its erotic content.

  6. aiyanxifu
    aiyanxifu February 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm | | Reply

    Fangshi guodu = too much sex.

    Well, it basically says that thing you only do in the room, which imply sexual activity. For cave men, it is cave thing. For nomads, it is tent thing. But some culture might not be so shy that `room thing’ really is strange since sex is public thing.

  7. Chris Waugh
    Chris Waugh February 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm | | Reply

    Way off topic, but I trust you saw yesterday’s good news about the verdict in Kim’s suit against Li Yang? The court declared Li Yang was guilty of domestic violence, found in Kim’s favour and awarded her a healthy sum in compensation and their daughters in Kim’s care. There is still a chance of Li Yang appealing, however…

    Some things are indeed best kept quiet and private (if not necessarily indoors…), but I’m glad Kim had the courage to take this public and seek justice.

    @Fred, a little bit more respect would not go amiss.

  8. namenotgiven
    namenotgiven February 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm | | Reply

    @ Chris Waugh
    I’d say well played Kim.

    Now I won’t be able to stop wondering what “room thing?” Sometimes “ignorance is bliss” tho.

  9. mira
    mira February 5, 2013 at 1:42 am | | Reply

    Many words/terms have been used as “substitutes” (hide behind) due to its taboo or embarrassing nature.

    Whether it’s sexual, hormonal, emotional or of intimacy there are those who feel comfortable and at ease using indirect “substitutes”.

    On the other hand some words have fondly become an “on switch” shared only by those who know of its significance e.g. we may not know what the “Room Thing” is but at least 2 people know of its significance and it puts a smile on their faces which is great.

  10. forest
    forest February 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm | | Reply

    Hmm, Sex is actually a wild thing 🙂
    Can’t live without it … in private.
    Can’t talk about it … in public.

  11. Bruce
    Bruce February 8, 2013 at 9:15 am | | Reply

    Sex is a stress reliever! It helps both women and men to neutralize the good feelings and hormones. I’m smiling all the time because I’m sexually balanced, satisfied and fulfilled :). Some women who are pissed all the time are not satisfied in some ways. Sex can’t heal all problems but only some…..

    Bruce 🙂

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