Xinhua News Agency (04.11.12) - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Premarital sex in China has skyrocketed in the last 20 years,
according to a survey of people in 31 areas across the
country. The results were published last week in an official
Community Party magazine.
Among respondents, 71.4 percent indicated engaging in
premarital sex, a 30 percent spike from a 1994 study. The
findings renewed debate surrounding China's legal marriageable
age (20 for females, 22 for males) and sex education. During
the current National People's Congress legislative session,
Huang Xihua, a deputy to the NPC, recommended lowering the age
Sex education, long a taboo in traditional society, has gained
traction among officials. Sex education textbooks were
introduced in Shanghai and Beijing in October. Peng Xiaohui, a
sexologist at Central China Normal University, heralds the
uptake of early-age sex education. Peng notes Chinese children
conventionally would not be taught about sex, neither by
families nor in school.
Research results noted 24.5 percent of respondents received
information on sex from the Internet, including through
pornography, which is strictly prohibited and censored by
public security departments and the government.
According to Shanghai high school teacher Li Hui, most male
college students know how to download porn. Hui believes
exposure to information on sex is somewhat helpful, but
increasingly strict oversight has made access more difficult.
Yu Dongyan, a medical worker at the Accidental Pregnancy
Hotline for Teenagers, asserts many young girls are hurt by
their lack of sexual knowledge this time of year. March and
April (around two popular romantic festivals - Valentine's
Day and White Day) are peak times for abortions, Yu said.