First the Chinese were hungry. Now that they’re satiated, they’re ready to talk about – and engage in – more sex.
“Things have changed because in China people are fed, so when you are fed sexual desire comes next,” said well-known Chinese sociologist Li Yinhe, at a talk hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China this week. “Sex has gone from a luxury to a common demand for the Chinese people.”
China is still a country where sex education isn’t taught in schools, and where many teens learn about fornication through foreign porn films. But it’s a rapid change from only 20 years ago, when a woman could be jailed for having sex outside of marriage. “It’s quite a revolution, isn’t it,” Ms. Li said, after citing her research, which shows 71% of the population has had premarital sex, up from 15% in 1989.
A 2011 survey of Chinese attitudes and behaviors towards sex, conducted by condom-maker Durex, showed that 86% of more than 2,000 respondents believe that good sex is a vital part of life, said Ben Wilson, marketing director of Reckitt Benckiser in China, Durex’s parent company. The survey also showed individuals are losing their virginity at a younger age; the median age for Chinese to have sex for the first time is now 21.2, and 60% of Chinese aged 19 to 25 have had sex.
Technology has sparked much of this change, with the Internet being the number-one source of sex education and a way to find sexual partners because its anonymity removes embarrassment, Mr. Wilson said.
Pre-marital sex has gone up from 15% to 71% in about 25 years.
I’m not sure if I believe the reasons they gave like luxury to a common demand. This could be true simply based on the fact that Chinese society was relatively poor in recently history and has been undergoing a rapid industrialization much like the US did in the early 20th century.
Overall, it’s an interesting scenario because Chinese society has not been asserted as ‘Christian’ at any point unlike the US, but it has similar trends as the US in terms of pre-marital sex. Perhaps it would be more accurate to assert that money and birth control are the natural causes rather than the supposed rebellion against Christian morals.
More money to fix problems = less need for God and/or morality. Birth control = no need to worry about consequences of sex.