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."   (Shutterstock.com)
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.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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