The Shanghai Education Commission surveyed over 800 middle and high school students in the city about attitudes towards sex. What do the results tell us? That Shanghai high school students are fucking liars.
According to the Shanghai Daily, 60 percent of students told researchers “they are against sexual behavior as they believe it will hinder the development of true feelings and might leave a bad influence both physically and emotionally”. Silver Ring Thing eat your hearts out.
The survey also found that only 3 percent of middle school students and 2 percent of high school students “have had sexual contact”. Sexual contact seems to be classified as anything above holding hands, hugging, or kissing, as these were listed separately.
To use the American bases metaphor (which we don’t use in the UK because we’re not prudish babies about sex, but whatever), this means that in an average Shanghai high school, only two out of 100 students have ever got past first base.
This is bullshit.
Either the students are lying to researchers, or the researchers are simply making the figures up because they find it icky/distracting to think about teens sexing each other (which they definitely are).
Statistics released by the Chongqing Family Planning Research Bureau showed that over 400,000 abortions were carried out on teenagers in 2002. Of the 13 million or so abortions that take place in China every year, 50 percent of those are carried out on women under 25.
Zhang Zhengrong, a doctor who oversees Shanghai’s hotline for pregnant teens, told the Daily Mail that they get over 10,000 calls per year.
This survey shows more about the researchers, and societal attitudes in general, than it does about its young respondents. Sexual education in China is severely lacking but, as America has proven time and again, pretending teens don’t have sex doesn’t stop them having sex, it just means they do it in secret, and in far riskier circumstances.
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