Seemingly taking a page out of Protestant America’s book, Chinese parents are raising a ruckus over a new “pornographic” sex-ed textbook designed for primary school students in Beijing. The textbook includes several diagrams and explanations that detail what goes where, and exposes the real relationship between the birds and the bees.
Kind of cute and creepy at the same time (can Chinese artists really not draw anything except Moe anime?), the textbook not only discusses sexual intercourse in sections like “Where Do I Come From?” but also more pertinent topics like avoiding sexual abuse, AIDS and a chapter about “My Body.”
The parents opposed to the book came up with a strange concern that children who read the book would “go through puberty earlier”, but they also raised the more legitimate claim that children might possibly try to reenact what they see on the pages.
Regarding that last complaint, we have to ask: in a country where Shanghai leads the national average of “early sexual encounters” with the “young” age of 21 years being the time when carnal knowledge dawns, is it really that big of a concern?
Speaking of Shanghai, the textbook currently will only be released on a limited trial run in Beijing because, according to one authority, Shanghai “does not want to be radical.”