About 210,000 people have signed a petition against the import of life-size sex dolls into South Korea.
The petition was started on the Cheong Wa Dae website a month after the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to allow the import of such dolls.
The petition author wrote
They are not ordinary sex toys. A life-size sex doll resembles a woman's body in every detail. It can even be customized to fit an individual's needs for hairstyle, facial structure, birthmarks or anything.
Nowadays, deepfake celebrity porn videos can easily be found online. There's no guarantee that sex dolls won't be used for such purposes. People may be shocked to find sex dolls that look just like them. If that happens, who will take
responsibility for the damage?
The Korea Customs Service refused to allow the import of life-size sex dolls of any kind on legal grounds as there is a ban on the import of morally degrading products. But it faced a legal challenge in 2017 by a Korean company that took the
issue to court.
A district court in Seoul ruled in favor of Incheon Main Customs, saying such dolls would degrade human beings' dignity. But an appeals court overturned the decision, saying state intervention must be minimized in such private matters, which was
upheld by the top court.
British people are having less sex now than in recent years, according to a large national survey.
The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest nearly a third of men and women have not had sex in the past month compared with around a quarter in 2001.
Less than half of men and women aged 16 to 44 have sex at least once a week, responses show. Over-25s and couples who are married or living together account for the biggest falls in sexual activity across the 21-year period.
Half of women and nearly two-thirds of men in the latest survey said they would like to have more sex.
Why the drop?
This desire for more sex was more often voiced by people who were married or living together as a couple, which the researchers say merits concern. Too busy, tired or stressed?
Lead researcher Prof Kaye Wellings said the sheer pace of modern life may be a reason why many people are having less sex.
Perhaps social pressure to over-report sexual activity may have eased, while gender equality means that women may now be less inclined to meet their partner's sexual needs irrespective of their own, say the researchers.
The decline coincides with increasing use of social media and a global recession, which may be other contributing factors.