Naked Thai girls do exist

Naked Thai girls in Cute Mag

Hardcore porn mag or acceptable entertainment publication? I think Thailand’s got its issues confused. At the risk of becoming an X-rated blog, I’m going to put this post below a “more” tag. There will be some brief nudity so don't click if you will be offended.

Right, that’s better. I was in Tesco Lotus today and was waiting for some friends at a bookstore when a copy of Cute Mag jumped up and grabbed me. The nearly-naked Thai girl on the front cover caught my eye because not only was she falling out of her top, but she was on the bottom shelf of a family bookshop, within two meters of Harry Potter books, including the newly-arrived Deathly Hallows.

Almost naked Thai girl Mod MonchayaI picked up the magazine and thought it was probably just a provocative cover, like when you see a sexy girl on a billboard in Thailand. But then I flicked through a few pages and discovered that actually, this is as close to legal porn as you are ever going to find in Thailand.

How do they get away with it? It’s not hardcore by any shade of the word, but it’s naked pictures of Thai girls in a country where naked pictures of Thai girls are supposed to taboo.

Just this month there has been strong debate over proposed plans to regulate television shows in Thailand and rate them according to which age group they are suitable for. Adult shows will therefore be shown later and Thailand’s children won’t have to endure the evils of porn, violence and comedic sound effects.

“Every household has a television set, I'm so worried after watching TV programmes which show vice rather than creative things,” said a concerned parent from The Family Network, unaware that his son was just round the corner looking at pretty Thai girls in a copy of Cute Mag. (Bangkok Post)

Last week it was announced that Thailand’s police now have the authority to seize computers of people who send porn in emails. And yet next to the Harry Potter books at Lotus you can buy a magazine for 180 baht full of naked Thai girls. Go figure. Cute Mag is glossy, the photo shoots clearly have a lot of money behind them, and there is very little advertising, likely due to the fact that True Corporation is behind the mag.

Thailand’s confused ideas about pornography are in keeping with a traditional mindset that is incompatible with the modern world. Porn is still illegal in Thailand, but it’s everywhere, and it looks increasingly silly to turn a blind eye to it and pretend it doesn’t exist.

I asked my co-workers if a minor would be able to buy a copy of Cute Mag and they said they thought he (or she, we’re in the modern world don’t forget) probably would be, butBangkok student Chotiros Suriyawong at the Thai film awards they weren’t sure. There were two copies of Cute Mag left, and one of them was well-thumbed, so I guess a few people got their kicks without spending a satang.

Remember the fuss kicked up when sexy Thai student Chotiros Suriyawong, 22, went to the Subhanahongsa Awards wearing that (pictured, right) dress? While her choice of gown was perhaps not in the best taste, I don’t think she deserved the public mauling she received. The owner of Thai production house Sahamongkol Film International had all clips of Chotiros deleted from his movie Suay Samurai. He said, “I don't want my actresses to dress that way. We are not a porn production house, and it goes against Thai culture.”

That’s the moral high ground that goes on publicly when it comes to indecent exposure, but it’s unjust and unrealistic. Chotiros, a student at Thammasart, was ordered to read books to blind children for 15 days for shaming her country and university.

I don’t have a problem with naked Thai girls, but it borders on absurd when the public line is that they aren't real.

Cute Mag's cover girl was Mod Monchaya, if you're interested. Nobody I've spoken to has ever heard of her, so I don't think she is famous in Thailand… yet.

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12 Responses to Naked Thai girls do exist

  1. Grasshopper says:

    Not naked if there is no nipple! NIPPLE!.. er yes… I'll get my coat! (not trench-coat), just the one on the rack.. oh there is no way out of this hole…

  2. Steve Suphan says:

    Naked Thai girls certainly do exist and i witnessed a whole load of them bobbing away on poles in some seedy upstairs bar on Patpong Road the other night. Moreover, they were pulling things out of their private parts that would have had my grandfather falling dead with a heart attack.
    As for some other bars, the Min of Culture has been unable to witness the nudity inside because of red curtains which are pulled across the entrance.

    To add more to the absurdity of double standards, i remember the front page headlines in a Thai langauge newspaper a couple of weeks before where 15 university students were caught for supposedly working at some 'sex-phone' company. It seems therefore that selling sex over the phone is immorally wrong but seeling sex in a short-time hotel is not..mmm…..

  3. Chani says:

    Hmmm… I see it as rather tame.. certainly no worse than Playboy. Still… it is a shame that it is occurring in a country where modesty was valued.

    Peace,

    ~Chani

  4. Chani says:

    Just read Steve Suphan's comment. Interesting. He makes a very good point.

  5. Roger says:

    And naked Thai boys do exist too despite Thaksin moral order campaign which did a lot to repress gay publication.

    In this regards … (i hope it is okay to advertise on your blog Matt!)

    The Thai Queer Resources Centre (TQRC) is developing a comprehensive collection of Thai language publications on gay, kathoey and lesbian issues. The TQRC would love to provide a good home for old Thai gay magazines and books. On behalf of Thailand’s gay, lesbian, and transgender communities and the international community of scholars the TQRC wishes to invite you to donate well-preserved copies of any relevant materials that you may have obtained over the years.

    Read more …

  6. Andrew says:

    Was that magazine really 180 baht? No wonder it was well-thumbed.

    I think you said it when you said the 'T' word – True. Money talks at all levels in Thailand and I suspect a blind eye has been turned to allow this publication to be granted a license to publish. It's hard enough to get a license for a 'standard' magazine let alone something like this.

  7. Bill says:

    This is absolutely shocking! 180 bt is a rip-off! Or is the VCD really worth it?

  8. Wombat says:

    They're lovely…….Oops, I mean she is lovely.

    On a serious note it is always nudity &/or pornography that is frowned upon yet mindless violence is acceptable.

  9. vanalli says:

    The free VCD was rubbish.

  10. yeti says:

    A friend (girl) bought some magazines as a birthday present, and they were way hotter than the picture you are showing. Did you chose a picture not so hot because it was for the blog, or is this the most you get from Cute?

  11. vanalli says:

    Other pictures inside were more revealing, but I chose this girl because she was on the cover. And I think she's pretty cute too.

  12. Fonzi says:

    The notion of Thai modesty is a myth created by former military dictatorships, notably the Plaek Pibubsongkram regime who instituted cultural mandates so that Thailand would look civilized in the eyes of the farang.

    Only a hundred years ago Thai women were running around topless like the types of women you would see in a copy of National Geographic.

    In terms of porn literature, I suggest people read The Story of Jan Dara, which is a Thai classic.

    Or perhaps even Khun Chang Khun Phan, the major epic of Thai literature, that is filled with many "pornographic" scenes.

    When the old yentas in the Miistry of Culture say that they are protecting the purity of Thai culture, what they are actually protecting are old bureaucratic mandates passed down by conservatives who were influenced by the West.

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