If you haven’t heard much about family planning and sex in North Korea, well, neither have many North Koreans.
Ji-Min Kang, who defected to South Korea, describes growing up in a “black hole” of information: zero sex education. “Sex is a form of hedonism that people aren’t allowed to talk about or experience,” writes Kang—who said that those caught watching porn are punished as political prisoners.
Condoms were scarce, and contraceptive coils were the only form of birth control, and unwanted pregnancies often lead to unsafe abortions.
People are also largely in the dark about STDs—a fate considered so humiliating that many just suffer rather than seek help.