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In China, a growing trend of pre-marital sex

April 12, 2012

Nearly 12 per cent of Chinese men surveyed discovered sex through pornography. — Reuters picNearly 12 per cent of Chinese men surveyed discovered sex through pornography. — Reuters picHONG KONG, April 12 — A new survey has lifted the lid on changing sexual habits in China with more people than ever saying they had indulged in pre-marital sex.

The report — collated and published this week in the monthly magazine Insight China  — claimed 71.4 per cent of respondents said they had sex before marriage, compared to the 40 per cent who responded the same way in 1994, and the 15 per cent who did the same back in 1989.

“The change that has occurred in China usually takes 100 to 200 years in many countries,” sexologist Li Yinhe told the magazine. “Mainlanders are increasingly seeing sex as being for pleasure rather than reproduction.”

That may well be the case but while those polled were fine with admitting they had indulged, at the same time they seemed a little more coy when it came to admitting they thought it was ok for them to do that very indulging.

When asked what their attitude was to pre-marital sex only 46.3 per cent of males polled said they agreed with it while only 38.8 per cent of women gave the act the nod.

A lack of any sort of formal sex education both at home and in the classroom has long been bemoaned in the mainland Chinese media, and the survey confirmed that when it came to learning about the birds and the bees, most Chinese were left to their own devices.

When asked how they discovered the secrets of sex, 29.3 per cent of males said they had turned to the internet while the most popular response for females with 26.1 per cent was attributed to “practical experience.”

The survey polled 1,013 people, 56 per cent  male and 44 per cent female, and was carried out in a joint effort between Insight China and the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication in Beijing. More than two thirds of respondents were aged between 20 and 39, according to the magazine.

How China learns about sex (males): Internet 29.3 per cent; practical experience 22.8 per cent; books 15.6 per cent; pornography 11.8 per cent; conversations with friends 10.2 per cent; school 7.5 per cent; movies and TV series 2.1 per cent; parents 0.6 per cent. How China learns about sex (females): Internet 18 per cent; practical experience 26.1 per cent; books 20.6 per cent; pornography 6.9 per cent; conversations with friends 10.4 per cent; school 10.7 per cent; movies and TV series 4.6 per cent; parents 2.8 per cent. China’s attitude to pre-marital sex (male): Agree 46.3 per cent; disagree 17.8 per cent; indifferent 25.9 per cent; other 10 per cent.

China’s attitude to pre-marital sex (female): Agree 38.8 per cent; disagree 33.5 per cent; indifferent 15.7 per cent; other 12 per cent. — AFP/Relaxnews

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