Teens' Public Orgies Rattle Chilean Mores

Sexcapades reflect consumer-driven, apolitical youth culture

By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 20, 2008 3:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Can 100 teenagers performing oral sex on one another in a public park not be a political statement? That's one of the questions the sight of horny, apolitical, bisexual Chilean teenagers are prompting among their appalled, mostly Catholic compatriots, Newsweek reports from a country still haunted by General Pinochet's repressive ghost, yet taking full advantage of his free-market legacy.

Chile's orgiastic Pokemones—think Japanese cartoons—don't aim to shock a nation out of its conservatism, but to embody a specific consumerist image: tight jeans, credit cards, camera phones. "It's basically a fashion thing," says one. Pokemones' sexualized materialism is less a rebellion against their parents' generation than its apotheosis: Economic reforms birthed a Chilean middle class, and these are its children.

The movement has caused outrage in the still-conservative city of Santiago, although that same conservatism has caused many to label the drug-fueled sexual revolution as inevitable.
The movement has caused outrage in the still-conservative city of Santiago, although that same conservatism has caused many to label the drug-fueled sexual revolution as "inevitable."   (Shutterstock.com)
Various Pokemon figures are pictured in this undated file photo.
Various Pokemon figures are pictured in this undated file photo.   ((c) luisvilla)
The 'Pokemon' look is often androgynous and typified by low-slung, tight-fitting jeans, dyed and waxed hair, eyeliner and multiple piercings.
The 'Pokemon' look is often androgynous and typified by low-slung, tight-fitting jeans, dyed and waxed hair, eyeliner and multiple piercings.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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