Chinese university students aren’t exactly known to be prudes, a reputation that is backed up by a recent survey which found a healthy majority admitting that they are open to the idea of premarital sex.
In the survey of 18,000 Chinese college students, with an average age of 20, studying at 130 universities around the country, only 23.6% of students responded that sex before marriage was out of the question, while another 31.8% said that premarital sex was fine as long as the couple were planning to get married in the future. The rest have no need for any ring.
This data comes from the same survey released on Monday by China’s Family Planning Association, which also found that only 28% of male students had had a sexual experience before, along with just 15% of female students. Looks like you all need to either stop lying or start lowering your standards.
Of course, maybe it’s not such a bad thing that Chinese students aren’t having as much sex as they would like. Because of China’s infamously abysmal sex education system, many young people don’t know to use contraception, and use abortion instead. In the same survey, 10% of female college students admitted to having at least one abortion.
While cohabitation and premarital sex used to taboo in China, we are all way past that now. Research shows that in 1989, only 15% of the population were having premarital sex, by 2012 that had skyrocketed to 71%.
Still, the Chinese school system seems intent on reversing this trend. Back in 2012, a Guangdong college compared student sex to “illegal prostitution” and threatened expulsion. In recent years, other universities have also tried to crack down on PDA. This summer, one middle school textbook provoked outrage for labeling girls who have sex before marriage as degenerates.
With kids now losing their virginity at the age of 17, China’s sexual revolution is long past the point of no return, which at least could be good news for population scientists and worried officials.