After all the fanfare I’ve been hearing about giving out condoms in China to fight AIDS, this is surprising.
China’s top two universities have suspended a free handout of condoms, describing the plan as inappropriate.
China is grappling with AIDS but the country’s top two universities do not want their students touching condoms.
Beijing University and Tsinghua University yesterday stopped a disease prevention centre handing out 2,500 free condoms.
Administrators said it was not acceptable and that organisers had not obtained approval.
Despite the urgent need to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, conservative attitudes about sex in China often keep the prevention message from being broadly publicised.
I wonder what brought on this change of heart…? Recent stories like this had given me hope this would become a nationwide movement. I should learn by now never to get my hopes up about China becoming more liberal about sex. (Anyone remember the Vagina Monologues fiasco last winter?)
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.