Archive for June 5th, 2008

No one wants to date Singapore

The New York Times ran an article on the dating courses that are offered at various Singapore polytechnics.

Some excerpts:

“Over the past 25 years, the mating rituals organized by the government — tea dances, wine tastings, cooking classes, cruises, screenings of romantic movies — have been among the country’s least successful social engineering programs.”

“In 1991, for example, when the government began offering cash bonuses to couples with more than two children, the newspaper printed tips for having sex in the back seat of a car, including directions to some of the “darkest, most secluded and most romantic spots” for parking.”

“I’m not open to relationships in school,” said Wei Shan Koh, a former student who works as a teacher’s aide. “Boys in school are not my cup of tea. They are male chauvinist pigs. They’re annoying and childish. And they won’t give in to you. They’re just not mature.”

Read the article

Articles like this give the impression that Singapore is a prudish career-oriented country full of people that think the opposite sex has cooties…