Gee, don’t you just love that in the battle to train men to not rape, you have the security secretary of Hong Kong, Lai Tung-kwok, stomping on all our efforts by suggesting women just drink less? I do. It’s my favorite. Having the government permit men to not taking responsibility for their actions and place the onus of avoiding sexually assaul on women is just fabulous. Especially when this was the knee-jerk reaction to a 60 percent rise in reported rapes and an 18 percent rise in reported sexual assaults. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the director of the Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centers responded, “There’s a lot of stigma that’s given to the victims. The remarks he made are proof of a culture that blames victims for doing something ‘wrong,’ like drinking.” The fear is that women won’t report abuse because they fear being blamed and shamed. Rape culture, it’s great.
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Ahem, excuse me Captain, but I think we’re being followed. This is the world’s largest rubber ducky, seen here floating around Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, its aim is to “spread joy around the world.” The duck has also been caught ducking off in Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Osaka, Japan. Where it’ll be next is anyone’s guess, but Hofman says he just wants to make people smile. “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation,” he wrote on his website. “The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!” [Daily Mail]
This artwork you see before you in a 51-foot-tall inflatable turd sculpture called “Complex Pile.” The inflatable turd sculptor is named Paul McCarthy, although I originally read his name as Paul McCartney and was freaking out for several moments about how and when Sir Paul McCartney diverged from music to inflatable poop sculptures. I was having a hard time processing that. Let me tell you, I am relieved. Anyway, Paul McCarthy‘s other work included a giant inflatable ketchup bottle and a giant inflatable butt plug. Clearly this man is a genius. “Complex Pile” is on display in Hong Kong right now, if you feel like checking out a humongous shit. [Laughing Squid]
Next time you’re feeling like your 500-square-foot studio is unbearably cramped, take a look at this photo of a “cubicle apartment” in Hong Kong. The Society for Community Organization took overhead photos of these miniscule living spaces to draw attention to the fact that over 100,000 people currently live in these tiny apartments, which are created by subdividing small apartments into smaller and smaller ones. See more photos here, but if you’re claustrophobic, you might want to grab a paper bag to breathe into before you click. [Via Neatorama]
Here’s a skeevy trend for you. In Hong Kong, teenage girls are going on “compensated dates” after school. Basically, they go out with older men in exchange for money, but they don’t see this as prostitution, because in their minds they’re in control of whether or not sex is involved … even though sex is usually involved. These girls are using the money to buy fancy-schmancy designer goods, which are increasingly a big deal in Asia. Total side note: When I studied in Tokyo, my Japanese friend told me that she wanted the brands that Americans like Britney Spears wore. When I tried to explain that teenage girls can’t often afford the same things as celebrities, she looked legitimately confused.
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Will you find yourself in Hong Kong soon-ish? Stop by the Art Statements Gallery for a look-see of French street artist Zev’s wild new exhibition, “Liquidated Logos.” Zev, known for his shadow drawings in the streets of Paris, is “flipping the script” on world-renowned brands such as Coca-Cola and Chanel, and with this show is broadening his scope to include fashion icon Louis Vuitton. Using his trademark technique of “liquidation,” he reinterprets Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton pattern, Chanel’s famous double “C” logo and the arches of Mickey D’s, among others. (To drum up some press for the opening, Zev took to the streets of labels-obsessed Hong Kong, painting a “liquidated” Chanel logo atop the flagship Giorgio Armani store to “reflect the war of brands.” He was arrested and Armani, as you may have guessed, was not all that pleased, mostly because the limestone store facade soaked up the black paint, making it pretty impossible to remove the errant logo.) For more photos of the exhibition, check out Arrested Motion. [Cool Hunting] Keep reading »
While every celeb in America has got a promotional sex tape — from rock grandpa Gene Simmons to Paris Hilton — in Hong Kong it is career suicide…and then some. Edison Chen, 27, a strapping leading man in Chinese cinema, collected suggestive photos and videos he had taken with many of China’s top female celebrities. Over 1,000 sexy shots were stolen off his computer while it was being repaired and then posted online, creating a surge in internet activity all across Asia. Keep reading »