For more about the flow of information into North Korea see our blog posts on Grassroots Glasnost.On the other hand, this is still North Korea we are talking about, so we would expect some things to be different.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. After all, they were schoolgirls (or I guess technically army-girls)!In fact, in many ways the rules regarding sex and dating are relatively lenient in North Korea.One refugee noted, “The culture of sex in North Korea is not conservative.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. However, since the 1990’s abortion has become illegal.
and take your brother/son from your circumcised mother wazini wena ngokunakekekla abafazi??
It is rare for anyone to date or marry outside of one’s songbun (social class based on political loyalty).
Because songbun is a label belonging to an entire family, if a cousin gets into trouble then one’s songbun may drop.
After meeting with experts and other tourists to North Korea, I learned that my experience was not unique.
I can report with confidence that North Koreans flirt, date, and fall in love just like everyone else.