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Emily Meng owns a sex shop

This is The G Spot.

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It's a small store inside an old residential apartment complex just off Sanlitun, Beijing's first and most popular bar street. Here are some of the products G Spot sells.

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The G Spot is owned and managed by a twenty something Chinese woman named Emily Meng. She could pass for a secretary in a multinational company: there is nothing in her appearance or manner to suggest that she is the boss of a shop that sells products like the EXTREME DOUBLE PLEASURE DILDO.

I asked her why she wanted to start G Spot. This is what she said:

"I went to some sex shops when they first started opening about five years ago. They weren't comfortable, they weren't nice places to buy this kind of thing. I am curious about these products, and now society is open-minded about them. People are not embarrased about them and they fulfill a need. But the shops have not progressed at all. I want to provide a comfortable environment for people to buy these products, and later I want to develop the wholesale side of the business because I think there's money to be made."

The G Spot's phone number is 6417 8453. If you are not interested in some of the more unusual items for sale, G Spot also sells condoms.

While we're on the subject:

- Jonathan Watts wrote an article for The Observer called 'Now China joins the sexual revolution' which ties together Mu Zimei, Namu, the closure of a sex exhibition in Beijing and AIDS. It's worth reading, and you can find it here.

- An old Time article by Matthew Forney on Namu can be found here. Click here if you're in China and want to get around the Great Celestial Nanny. The Time article is less sympathetic to Namu than the Joshua Samuel Brown's piece in the South China Morning Post (mentioned on Danwei.org here). The Time article was entitled Minority Report, the SCMP feature was Minority Rapport. Witty eh?

- A website run by a Chinese girl has an English post critical of Namu here. Thanks to Justin Mitchell for the link.

- And finally to finish off this sex-filled post, a sex shop was denied the use of the name 'Mu Zi Mei' by the local authorities. A certain Mr Yang who owns a sex shop in Tongxian (in suburban Beijing) applied to the local Commercial Bureau to use 'Mu Zi Mei' for his store. He was turned down. A journalist contacted the Tongxian Commercial Bureau, who said that the name was turned down because 'it could cause some bad influence'. There is an article on Chinanews.com about it here. Thanks to Shanghai Eye for the tip. Shangai Eye now has a special section devoted to Sex and Crime.

Finally, thanks to Jerry Chan for introducing me to Emily Meng.

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