image descriptionArchives

ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

By Thu, Mar 19, 2015 8:20AM UTC 0 Comment

Thailand’s overzealous cultural watchdogs made international headlines again this week, and as usual for entirely the wrong reasons. This time, they have targeted yet another apparent online phenomenon: Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting ‘selfie’ photos of the lower half of their breasts – a social media trend that has gone viral –...

‘Evil man from Krabi': Thai image protectionism goes horribly wrong

By Mon, Nov 12, 2012 10:30AM UTC 0 Comment

In late October a YouTube video titled “Evil man from Krabi” was uploaded which describes an incident where a woman was assaulted and raped by a Thai tour guide earlier this summer in the Southern resort town of Ao Nang, Krabi province. It then turns into an English-language music video that repeats the accusations and...

Thailand’s Human Rights Commission chimes in on topless painting

By Sun, Jun 24, 2012 10:00AM UTC 0 Comment

By Kaewmala Note: Readers unfamiliar with Thailand’s bare breast painting scandal may benefit from reading two previous articles here and here first. Is female toplessness a human rights issue? Ordinary people likely won’t think of bare breasts and human rights together but Thai authorities may make you rethink it. Here’s how. A member of Thailand’s...

Is topless painting ‘an act of violence against the public’ in Thailand?

By Sat, Jun 23, 2012 1:54PM UTC 0 Comment

By Kaewmala It’s been almost a week since the topless painting scandal broke but the fuss still keeps dragging on, and on – a bit surprising given the normally short attention span of both the media and the public. While many in the Thai public are by now quite fatigued by the latest bare breast...

Thailand’s topless talent show shock: Are some breasts more equal than others?

By Tue, Jun 19, 2012 12:17AM UTC 24 Comments

By Kaewmala It’s bound to happen again – and again. That is, yet another scandal exposing tender feminine flesh and Thailand’s uneasy relationship with female breasts. Why, for all its peculiar mammophobia (the correct term is mastrophobia by the way), Thailand just can’t get enough of breasts, especially the bare kind. It’s an untreated national...