China sex education, who needs to lighten up

| September 28th, 2011

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(A sex class in Nanjing University of Finance & Economics, gmw.cn)

The recent World Contraception Day (Sept 26th) has brought the issue of China’s sex education to the table again. One of the World Contraception Day surveys looks at young people’s attitude towards contraception. The result shows that in China, up to 88% youngsters don’t know much about contraception or are confused about it compared to the world’s 28.1%; and 45% surveyed Chinese can’t find the right contraception method when in need (ifeng). As a result, China sees an average of 8 million abortion cases annually with up to 50% repetition rate (chinanews).

The unfamiliarity with contraception is one of the key factors that lead to China’s high abortion rate. The society is calling out for openness of sex education and related issues but many authorities are still cautious about it. In Nanjing City, a district family planning bureau suggests installing condom vending machine on campus to no avail since college authorities worry that there might be sexual implication (xinhuanet).

On one hand there is no proper education from the authority side, on the other hand commercialized medical organizations are bombarding young women with quick and painless abortion ads. I don’t know about other cities, but in Guangzhou City you can see abortion advertisement everywhere: TV, billboards, bus panels, metro TV, elevator posters, flyers etc.

Misled youngsters see abortion as a way of contraception. In an interview with gzdaily on Sept 26th, gynecologist Song Helan from the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University told reporter that she just finished an abortion operation for a 19-year-old girl named Xiao Lan, who had just got an abortion last month. “I have met a girl that already been through 9 abortions when she was only 20 something.” Said the gynecologist, “There are more and more post-90s girls joining the abortion troop in recent years, some of them aren’t even 16 yet. Although I am not related to these young girls, I feel sorry for them.”

Coast News Guide (海峡导报) did a survey in several universities in Xiamen to look at the city’s collage sex education status (sohu). Result finds that 65.9% students didn’t receive any sex education from their colleges, 25.9% said their colleges do open sex education course but too few classes. The survey also finds that 48.2% students has never received sex education before college, and 31.9% received unsystematic classes, only 20% revealed to have had formal sex education before college.

If not from schools, then where do our youngsters learn about sex? A recent glorious crackdown on the world’s largest Chinese-language online porn operation by joint US-China operation (Reuters) revealed a not-so-glorious fact: 90% if its 10 million subscribers are Chinese, more than half of which are between 15 -30 with a good percentage of college students (ycwb). Because of the lack of proper sex education from schools and parents, porn websites have become one of the main sources from which students learn about sex, it is an unspoken secret especially on campus.

Authorities believe it or not, youngsters do talk about and/or have sex. Some netizens suggest that if the authorities are too occupied promoting harmonious society to get to sex education, they might as well let contraception product manufacturers do the job by unbanning them from mass media advertising, just to balance out the overwhelming abortion ads.

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  1. nonamemon says:

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    • korean_guy complains to have this comment removed but it comes back says:

      I’m Korean and all fucked up because;

      I saw my father mercilessly beat my mother, trash the house, get drunk and go out with his friends to gamble and meet women all the time, before he finally walked out on us.

      I have seen lots of spousal abuse throughout my time in Korea. I can tell you that it’s not taboo in Korean culture. For example, everyday I watch Korean TV shows that address marital conflict. When a husband is beating up his wife, they usually portray the wife as having deserved it..

      In Korea, men are superior in the family. Women status are very low. Once it was legal for a man to beat his wife. I “inherit” the personality from the elders and am happy to slap any woman in the face in front of strangers. Being Korean domestic violence is a part of my culture, a woman is my personal possession to use and abuse.

      By and large Korean men are known as effeminate jealous woman beaters and are the lowest rung on the ladder for eligible non-Korean women.

      Since I little boy I dreamt that someday when I grow up I am going to marry a White woman or a Latina woman. The problem being no woman will put up with my crap.

      In Korean culture, non-Korean Asians are not seen as equal to Koreans. The majority of Koreans are racists. That means that they despise people whose skins are darker than them. Even when a Korean guy is not racist, his parents, relatives, and friends are going to be racist. That makes a long-term relationship or marriage extremely difficult to enter. At some point, I would be forced to choose between a girl and everyone else I know.

      It should be noted that before I can marry I must get mummies permission as she is the only woman that truly loves me and I can ever truly love. The person I marry is not necessarily someone I love, so long as they meet the family’s criteria.

      Like all Korean men I lie, beg, manipulate, and do other despicable things to have sex with women.

      Below are some essential pointers to successful dating of a guy like myself;

      1 – KISS UP TO MY MOTHER! This is one of the most important rules to dating a Korean man. Our mother’s influences our lives in a very real way, so be nice to her. Or else she can make your life an eternal hell.

      2 – Try to be thin. Almost every foriegn woman that lives in Korea is FAT and UGLY. Sorry girls but you are. So try to stay as much as you can from this stereotype.

      3 – Go to all international sporting events with your face painted like the Korean flag.

      4 – Play games. Learn to play Starcraft, Broodwar, Lineage, PUMP and DDR. This is in order not to embarrass your Korean guy at the arcade, if you do he will secretly resent you for the rest of his life. Besides you might really enjoy Half-Life.

      5 – Make fun of Japan and China often.

      6 – Talk about how superior Tae Kwon Do is to every other martial art.

      7 – LOVE MY CAR. It doesn’t matter if it is a Porsche, or a fixed up Honda, you must to at least pretend that there isn’t a funny smell coming from the seats. Flattery really works.

      8 – Learn to drink A LOT. Soju is the most powerful shit that you can actually put into your system legally. Don’t be a weak drinker. Trust me if you can drink at least 2 bottles you are fine. Plus it will impress any Korean guy’s friends.

      9 – Learn at least some of the language. Learning Kamsa-ham needa or Anyoung will make him very happy. Especially in restaurants, it will make him look good. Learning how to say saranghae will make him feel extra special too!

      10 – KIMCHI, love it or leave him. Its a Korean staple..some Kimchi may burn your mouth off but you’ll get used to it. You have to realize that Korean food is spicy as hell and you gotta learn to love the feeling of your tongue melting into your throat.

      11 – UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU PUT YOUR CHOPSTICKS INTO THE RICE STICKING UP. Just don’t ok.

      12 – Go to Korea during New Years. 3 main reasons, first is FREE MONEY, second is free alcohol and third is FREE MONEY.

      13 – Size doesn’t matter, its how you use it. Just keep telling him that.

      14 – Be a computer/math/science/ nerd. Korean guy’s will love you forever.

      15 – Try not to say Don’t go. Roughly in Korean it means asshole. AND really don’t shout this at him if you are IN Korea.

      16 – Pretend to love your Korean guy’s singing voice. Especially his drunk karaoke ballards, because we are singing them to you. Pretend to be swept off your feet, we’ll love that.

      17 – THE MOST IMPORTANT, Korean guy’s are always right even when it is obviously wrong. Failing to admit this will result in a beating that you must put up with in silence!

      GIVE A HEAD TO GET A HEAD

      • korean_guy complains to webmaster says:

        korean_guy you can complain all you want about the posts they will continue to reappear as replies to all your regurgitated disinformation.

  2. Korean guy getting pwned says:

    WTF?

  3. sExEd says:

    What has the korean stuff got to do with the article?

    • Augis says:

      Just a lack of moderation.

      Otherwise, it’s a good summary of the current state of sex education in China.

      Though, I believe that it’s more one child policy that is at fault for high abortion rates in China.

  4. Korean's have stinky kimchi breathe says:

    I have dated two korean boy’s. Well the first lasted a meal, he wanted to take me out for drinks after that but his bad kimchi breathe could of killed a horse. After I declined he got nasty, yelling in korean. As fortune has it a nice Chinese boy intervened and dropped kimchi breathe on his arse. I ended going out several times with the Chinese guy, he was nice.
    When I was much younger I had another kimchi bf, he was nice at first, attentive and loving until his friends became part of the furniture in my livingroom. They would just play nintendo64 all day long. After sometime I kicked the freeloading kimchi breathe out with his friends as he was just to disrespectful.
    I don’t imagine all kimchi’s are like this, well I hope not.

  5. Huzhang says:

    Ban all these korean_guys/associated faggots or no one will come to this site again.

    PS: University is way too late to be learning about sex.

  6. Cultural Imperialist says:

    The 90s ended after the 31st of December 1999. So a “post-90s” girl would be 11 years old *max*.

    That’s a lot of abortions for an eleven year old.

    • Key says:

      post 90s are people born after 1990, so they are 21 years old max.

      • Cultural Imperialist says:

        The Chinese phrase “90后的女孩子” may mean women & girls born *since* 1990 and are max 21 years old. But the words “post-90s girls” in English do not give that meaning.

        English has the word “90s”. That word has meaning. That meaning is the years 1990 to 1999. Not one year. Ten.

        English has the word/prefix “post”. That word/prefix has meaning. The meaning is equivalent “after”. Not “during”, not “since”. After.

        So writing “post-90s girls” to include girls & women born *during* the 90s is nonsensical and confusing. Might there not be a better way to translate the original into English? Perhaps “Women born since 1990”?

        I realize “90后” has become something of a buzzword in Chinese but doesn’t mean “post-90s” qualifies as a real English word.

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