If you’ve ever wondered about the sex lives of Chinese migrant farm workers, the first report of its kind has been published in the eighth issue of The Chinese Journal of Human Sexuality. Among the sordid details:
Of the 533 migrant workers from other provinces and regions, 41.84 percent of them want a sexual life outside of marriage. Of this category 12.01 percent have that thought often, among which 24.50 percent not only have the intention, but also carry through. These men have relations with mistresses, colleagues and prostitutes. Mistresses are the most common among migrant men, accounting for 67.05 percent.
Of all the 776 farmer workers, 139 claimed that they had encountered sexual harassment — 20 from superiors, 25 from companions, the remainder from other sources. How do they react to sexual harassment? They answered as follows: 22 accepted it; 27 tolerated it; 90 refused it.
Moreover, 54 claimed that they had committed sexual harassment and 23.9 percent of the migrant workers claim to suffer from sexual depression. In that population 26.18 of them do other things to distract themselves, while 16.18 percent masturbate, and 11.62 percent live on sexual fantasies. Additionally, some feel very bad tempered and/or use masturbation tools, while others seek a sexual life beyond marriage and/or go whoring. [Comment by Shanghaiist: Gosh, couldn’t they have used a better word?]
Of the 500 migrant workers who answered questions about prostitutes, 51.2 percent said that they had encountered temptation from prostitutes, 22.95 percent wanted to find a prostitute and 15.82 percent had received sexual services from the prostitutes.
In another report, Chinese firemen have been told to stop receiving sexual favours as bribes from companies seeking their business. The story sounds kind of odd, but Reuters elaborates:
Fire department officials were also banned from letting their spouses and children run fire-fighting companies and market fire-fighting products, part of an anti-corruption drive outlined in a notice posted on the Public Security ministry Web site.
Apart from taking cash and “other valuables”, the order forbade officials from receiving “cheap or free house renovations”, “having children entered into schools” and “receiving sexual services” provided by third parties…
A commentary carried by the official Xinhua news agency on Friday praised the order — officially abbreviated as the “Four Strictly Forbiddens” — as timely.
“For every 10 corrupt officials, nine are involved in illicit sex. This old tune has already been proved by statistics from disciplinary organs many times,” Xinhua said.
“The people believe that the trade of authority for sex is still comparatively serious,” the commentary said.
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