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However, the liberalization of dating culture in north korea was probably driven by the crises of the 1990’s. from the people’s perspective, the imperatives of day-to-day life trumped any social hang-ups regarding dating or sex. holding hands in public just didn’t seem risqué anymore, considering that prostitutes were openly selling themselves on the street. meanwhile, the regime viewed controlling the dating lives of the populace as a low priority. dating and sex provided an outlet for the people. as restaurants and cinemas began to close, people had few things to do. the regime preferred they focus on courting the opposite gender rather than examining the causes of their crumbling society. therefore, both the people and the regime relaxed their conservative stance on sex and dating.People are fundamentally the same everywhere. even in north korea, life goes on. my trip to north korea vividly displayed this basic fact of life. while visiting the juche tower, i observed a group of young north korean female soldiers practicing for the mass games. in between their goose-stepping drills these women were doing something that amazed me – they were gossiping. these were not the nazi robots that the international media normally portrays the north korean military as being, but real people. some were even giggling like schoolgirls. after all, they were schoolgirls (or i guess technically army-girls)!Another refugee explained that many north koreans begin dating in middle school. students aged 14 or 15 are sent into the countryside to help farmers for 40 days in the spring and 15-20 days in the autumn. at night, students begin to experiment with drinking, smoking, and dating. “when we go onto farm supporting activity, it is easier for us to date the female students.” although these activities are technically illicit, teachers generally ignore them. in fact, it is quite common for teachers to share alcohol with their students as a token of good will.Furthermore, the lack of proper sex education makes sexual contact a risky proposition. girls learn about sanitation and raising children but are left ignorant about sex. one refugee asserted that, “there are no contraceptives and they have not even heard of a condom.” pregnancy is grounds for expulsion from school. many opt for abortion. however, since the 1990’s abortion has become illegal. the cost of having a doctor to perform the procedure is exorbitant. as a result many resort to dangerous methods of pregnancy termination such as falling down heights or ingesting tuberculosis pills.
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