Sharia and a law banning "group licentiousness" harsh some Asian mellows.
Generally, when you think of anything goes social mores you generally think of a Thailand, a Germany, a Japan or a Provo, Utah. Two of those places exist in an area we generally call Asia. But some parts of the largest continent are a little more uptight.
First up, according to TheStar.com the archipeligo nation of Malaysia is on the look out for pushy polygamists. A politician named Bung Mokhtar took a second wife and wound up facing a jail sentence and a stiff fine. It's not that Mr. Mokhtar was wrong in marrying actress "Zizie" Ezette A. Samad, it's just that he did so without the consent of a Sharia (religious) court. Normally, stuff like this could slide, but Bung Mokhtar's first wife was also not consulted about bringing the second wife into the fold. It's unknown if this will cost Bung Mokhtar his job; he has paid a fine of 1,000 Malaysian Ringgit or about $300. Zizie Samad was fined the same amount and could possibly face some amount of career backlash.
Some people herald this as a victory for women's rights in Malaysia, others see it as a blow to bung holes everywhere (note: a bung hole is an opening in the top of a barrel); either way this could make a great Malay sequel to the First Wives Club. Maybe this one will be funny.
While we're in the mysterious East, Reuters informs us that Chinese lawmen are not taking instances of moral turpitude lying down. A college professor was imprisoned for holding secret (but not secret enough) sex parties, largely in his home. A statute that forbids "group licentiousness" was applied to Ma Yaohai's situation and earned him a three-and-a-half year stretch in the joint despite his not-guilty plea.
Mr. Ma claims that his activities were in no way hurting other people and were a matter of privacy. But not everyone believes that what goes on behind closed doors between consenting adults is solely their beeswax. A columnist called Zhi Feng challenged the assumption that the so-called crime was victimless as they "poisoned the social atmosphere."
While most of us probably agree that what goes on in the bedroom is not the public's business, would you want your next-door neighbor to throw sex parties? What do you think of polygamy? Is it also the business of consenting adults?