Straight-Laced Myanmar Enjoys Sexual Revolution
They’re rolling their stockings down. A deeply conservative military junta ruled Myanmar until 2010, but today the state is opening up to tourism and democracy, holding its first general election in 25 years this weekend. The changes are ushering in modernity: Couples now show affection in public, an LGBT scene is emerging, some teens are becoming sexually active and women are challenging strict gender roles. An influx of foreigners and money to the cities — not to mention pop groups like Me N Ma Girls — are helping Myanmar’s traditional social conventions evolve.