Passion In Paradise
New Series. This series traces the relationship between sex and social change in New Zealand, from pre-European times to the present day. It explores how Kiwis' attitudes towards sex has shaped society and how, in turn, the changes in New Zealand society have shaped Kiwis' attitudes towards sex. There was a time when women covered themselves from head to toe and it was bad manners for a man to appear in public in shirtsleeves. Today, women bare their legs and midriffs and young men are hired to strip off their clothes at hen parties. But when did it become okay in New Zealand to pay for sex, or for people of the same sex to sleep together? Social change often sneaks up on us so slowly that we forget life was once very different, and nowhere is that more evident than in our changing attitude to that fundamental aspect of our biology - sex. In New Zealand the roles and expectations of men and women have undergone a huge change over the last 200 years, and the way we have dealt with sex and gender issues, this series will argue, has shaped our politics and our identity. With personal stories, dramatic reconstructions, photos, archival footage, expert commentary and compelling interviews, this series provides a fascinating in-depth look at New Zealand's sexual history.