• JJ Wu Chang

Sex, Porn and the Coronavirus



Let's be honest. A lot of people watch porn. With Hong Kong in its third month of coronavirus, everyone is either teetering on def-con levels of paranoia or, conversely, siding with the Y.O.L.O. philosophy (You Only Live Once). It's no doubt that it's taken a huge hit on how everyone behaves at home with some people not stepping outside of their house, so I wanted to address the elephant in the room. What are people doing during the times when they're not showing their faces on FaceTime/Zoom/Houseparty?


Here's a bit of history for those outside of Hong Kong, the residents here have been in high panic alert since the end of January (yes, we are in our third month of chaos) due to our proximity to Mainland China. The experience so far has made Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day quite somber and uneventful when the city is usually chock full of bizarre spectacles. From extended family members berating you for still being single during the early days of the New Year to the bustling drinking district of Lan Kwai Fong being littered with condoms from Okamoto (the equivalent of Trojan) during Valentine's weekend, Hong Kong in February is weird. Instead of the usual quirky vibrancy, we were greeted with social distancing and work-from-home mandates. Since then, it just got worse with students returning from overseas creating a second wave of new cases of coronavirus and fanning the flames of paranoia to the locals who are still recovering from the effects of the extended protests from the year before.


Fast-forward to now, people around the world are making the best of the grim situation bracing themselves as if they are preparing for their own Avenger's: Endgame style entrance when the pandemic and quarantine are over. I hope you're ready for the rise of the new off-brand Quarantine Avengers: Amateur MasterChef, TikTok Meme Connoisseur, HIIT workout Guru, and Twitch Live Streamer just to name a few.



Let's be honest. These are the things people are posting for everyone to see to help raise the global morale and I commend everyone who has decided to explore these areas (except TikTok, I still don't understand this). But what about things happening behind closed doors and hushed whispers? People have been spending an abnormal time at home and, with this, temptations rise. 'What temptations?' I hear you ask. Why, its the time alone with your computer, you silly goose. It's the dirty stuff.


For those of us who aren't lucky enough to be living with our respective partners, we have porn. It's 2020, let's all hold hands and utter the mantra, "porn is a completely normal thing to watch". If you haven't noticed, we are spending a lot of time at home and it's been interesting to see how its affected peoples' porn habits and sex habits. Thanks to people over at Pornhub, one of the largest adult video websites, we are able to keep learn a lot with their insights into back end data.


Hong Kong has been relatively normal compared to most days of the year prior to March 12th, which was when the second wave of COVID-19 cases were confirmed. Despite the large jump on the 12th, the jump at the end of March to +42.5% is surely more startling. In layman's terms, if 100,000 people in Hong Kong watched porn regularly at a given time normally, there was an increase of 42,500 pairs of eyes this past March 24th. This can also be attributed to Pornhub's global "stay at home" special of free Pornhub Premium to keep people with their pants down and glued to their screens indoors.


Paranoid, as it may seem, people started to stay in more despite no mass lock down or enforced citywide quarantine. This came in the form of self-isolation. The increase in hour-by-hour traffic has also increased as shown below in a snapshot of March 12, the day when Hong Kong had the start of their second wave of cases.


With a lack of a proper schedule with people taking a new work-from-home, it comes as no surprise that people are staying up later than normal. With nothing else to do and people being isolated with their internet connections working perfectly fine, an increase of +8.4% (10pm) all the way to +29.6% (1am) shows us a very interesting look into how Hong Kong people have been spending their time digesting the news of the second wave of coronavirus cases.



If there is an urge for 'release', what are we supposed to do? We can't just stay like this forever and join the Quarantine Avengers as Captain Sculpted Forearms. Well, luckily for you, there are options for you in the form of sex toys and, if safe, other people. Of course, this is not an endorsement to go out your way to spread your legs for anyone who slides into your DM's but, you're able to, find someone you trust for your own health and safety.


Skipping through any swiping or late night texts that led you to finding a partner, its sex o'clock! But before you engage in your cabin fever induced and alcohol fueled 'sexcapades', let's run through the sexiest set of information before indulging your carnal pleasures: running through a New York State Health Department approved guide to safe sex during the time of corona virus.


You heard right. On Saturday, March 21st, NYC Health Department issued a tweet with a guideline addressing the sexual health of everyone in the city with their guide on how to properly have sex without contracting the novel coronavirus. Upon reading this, you'll realize that a lot of stuff is pretty much common sense but better to be safe than sorry. Trust me, you won't regret reading this as there is something for everyone to learn.


NYC Health department starts with a general greeting to its citizens and immediately goes off the deep end at such a speed that it makes the Fast and Furious movies look a story about a race between two tortoises. Understandably, engaging in sex with with someone else can present its own issues as you cannot abide by social distancing rules - being about 1.5m apart - while having sex unless you have a secret talent that would make most porn stars jealous. Continuing onto general knowledge, kissing and spending time in close proximity can raise you risk of catching the virus but I'm sure you didn't know that rimming (mouth on anus) can spread COVID-19. Are you getting whiplash? Don't worry, we're just getting started.

According to NYC Health Department, you too can engage in sex since "you are your safest sex partner"

The document outlines many different situations for people. Are you alone? Well, according to NYC Health Department, you too can engage in sex since "you are your safest sex partner". It's nice that a government agency accepts that we are never truly alone but this is just outlandish. They also inform us about steps on taking care when choosing sex partners. When considering a sex partner online or if you make a living by having sex, they recommend using online sex instead. As much as we would like to pretend we are living in a future where we have our own pocket-able digital AI in our phones that we could engage in phone sex with a la the movie "Her", not all people have reached the level of comfort of engaging in non-traditional forms of sexual expression yet. There's a lot to cover here, so if you're curious to read it all, I've attached a copy of the documentation below for your reading leisure.


So, what have we learned from all this? Well, we learned that the coronavirus, work from home status and the lock-down has definitely had an impact on all of us and how we've adapted to this lifestyle. I personally haven't heard too many stories of people going on too many IRL (in real life) dates during this time but I know there are some people who are risking it. But with most countries having yet to reach their peak in coronavirus cases, my personal recommendation would be to play it safe for now. As for my thoughts on sex during this time, it's a weird time but, as long as you're playing it safe and not wandering into a quarantine site finding a one night stand, you're in safe hands.




If you felt like you learned something new or had a giggle. Send this to your friends and share the joy during the quarantine period.


Love responsibly,


The Love Consultant

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