“Sex ignoramus outnumbers illiterate in China”

If that isn’t the headline of the week, what is? Couldn’t the state-run, state-funded Xinhua find better writers/translators than this?
It only goes downhill after the headline.

Sex ignoramus outnumbers illiterate in China

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhuanet) — More Chinese are ignorant to sex than to other knowledge, even including those having received high education and experts of other fields, according to Xu Tianming, the president of China Sexology Society.

“In the survey we conducted, not only youngsters, but many grow-ups are sex idiots, which is really dangerous and woeful,” Xu was quoted by Wednesday’s Nanjing Morning Post, a local newspaper in east China’s Jiangsu Province, as saying, at a seminar on sex culture held there.

“Many Chinese are too shy to talk about sex and take it as an ‘evil’ matter, which greatly distorted the society’s objective recognition to sex and shed bad influence to those immaturities,” Xu was quoted as saying.

Both Chinese culture and western’s have a tradition to treat sex as a “forbidden” thing, and many sex related words are largely adopted as the most vicious attacking words, Xu said, all these will prevent younger generations from having a healthy sex knowledge and sex life in future.

Boys and girls become sexually capable at an average age of 15, however, they could only enjoy normal sex life till about 25, so the right way to guide puberty in sex is very critical during the 10 years in between.

“Parents and society should allow them to have normal contacts with the opposite sex, such as dancing, and to read some books with certain sex descriptions, thus to reasonably release their sex tension in puberty,” Xu said.

As Atrios always says, “Oy.”

Where is Xinhua’s editorial ombudsman? Is there no quality control mechanism? Or, is it all just a hilarious and intentional joke, the leathery old CCP having a good laugh at itself? Unfortunately, I think it’s completely serious. (Can you imagine the CCP actually laughing at itself, like when the US media annually roasts the president?)

Thanks to CDT for this priceless link.

The Discussion: 6 Comments

haha. I saw this article but decided it was just too dangerous to touch with a 10 foot pole. kudos to you and your cajones.

July 7, 2005 @ 3:13 pm | Comment

Of course, viewing sex as evil will do two things:

1) bring the population down
2) only the immoral will have children. Kind of like in a massive shaker society.

July 7, 2005 @ 3:15 pm | Comment

“dancing, and to read some books with certain sex descriptions”… whew baby, i can feel my temperature rising! nothing quite like late at night, when my girlfriend turns to me and says “let’s read some books with certain sex descriptions.”

July 7, 2005 @ 9:04 pm | Comment

New Instructions to All CCP Cadres:
1. Strike hard at all snake-heads!
2. Chase all running dogs!
3. Reasonably release sex tension!

July 7, 2005 @ 10:47 pm | Comment

“they could only enjoy normal sex life till about 25”


July 10, 2005 @ 9:26 pm | Comment

“Boys and girls become sexually capable at an average age of 15”


Are Beijing putting something in the water that we don’t know about. In Japan and the US, its somewhere between 12-13.

July 12, 2005 @ 9:20 am | Comment

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