It has been pretty well established that China’s sex education system is—how to put this nicely?—a bit lacking. Contraceptive use/awareness is abysmally low, HIV rates among key groups are increasing, and some 90 percent of parents (most of whom are probably not the free-love type) agree that their children’s sexual educations are lackluster at best. Enter the uncomfortably-named Nutcracker Studios animations: weird little sex-ed flicks for the masses.
Foreign Policy covered the three videos above, which are part of a series titled “One-Minute Sex Ed.” As FP reports, the videos are meant for children (or, at least, to help parents to tell their children), but sexually-clumsy Chinese young adults could certainly benefit as well:
These slickly produced videos, which depict a hand drawing cartoon figures, are likely not aimed at young ones, but instead at parents searching for narratives to pass on to their children: The rapid-fire voiceovers use some high-school level vocabulary, including two bleeped cusswords hopefully outside most primary school students’ lexicon. Given a widespread reluctance to talk birds and bees — in China’s version of the stork story, parents often tell children that they were picked up “out of a garbage dump” — the video’s narrator is something of a myth-buster for the young and for the ill-informed. The language and visual illustrations have amused adult viewers with hilariously off-color comparisons: In the first video, the narrator explains insemination by comparing it to an injection received at a hospital. The second clip, “Why Are Boys Different from Girls?”, addresses anatomical differences by likening male and female reproductive organs to electrical outlets and plugs. (The caption on the photo, from the second video, states: “Why does that boy have a little pee-pee and you don’t?”)
Because of China’s long-standing need for accessible, accurate sex ed, young adults might also find the videos edifying.
The videos are pretty fancy stuff, and certainly have their highlights: please see the phallic mushrooms at 2:00, abruptly-anatomically correct drawings at 1:48, and the elephant-penis-thing at 03:06.