With its glossy pages myanmar pouting models and racy romance hamster pon, Myanmar's first sex chunky latino magazine has got the usually demure nation hot under the collar as it cashes in on new-found cultural freedom.
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Perhaps tame by western standards, Hyno's photo spreads of semi-clad women and columns espousing "bedroom secrets" and "the benefits of cuddling" -- to the more cryptic "modern lies before marriage" -- have raised eyebrows in conservative Myanmar, earning it an adult-rating. But its editor brushes off accusations that the monthly publication is too risque for the country, or in book way as salacious as "Playboy" magazine as critics have claimed on Facebook.
Our society is becoming more open but I think sex education is still weak," he added. Its debut follows the abolition in August of Myanmar's stringent pre-publication censorship which had sex officials scrupulously flag photos or articles deemed distasteful to public morality, as well as stifling dissent.
But since censorship was scrapped, fashion and lifestyle magazines have started to push the boundaries with their content -- so far without sanction. Hyno has raised the stakes, so much so that some bookshops refuse to stock the book, saying its aim is to titillate rather than educate. Ominously, the Ministry of Information sent a letter to the interim press council registering its unhappiness with the "unethical" lifestyle magazine.
The ministry accuses Hyno of breaching its licence as a fashion myanmar by printing "sex-related articles and photos that are not appropriate iyalian porn Myanmar's culture.
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So we need to get this awareness from magazines. Medical professionals have joined Hyno's corner saying it is high time the country talked about sex. His comments were echoed by Ne Win, a doctor working for the United Nations Population Fund in Myanmar, who believes a modern, progressive media can fill the void left by the nation's reluctance to promote sex education.
While its editor says Hyno is here to stay, a battle is brewing with those who see it as a threat to decency in hitherto modest Myanmar. Mg Mg Lwin, manager of Innwa Book Sex -- one of Yangon's leading bookshops -- refuses to stock Hyno despite fielding a barrage of enquiries, mainly from women, about its availability.