Introducing Beijing Primary and Middle School Sex Education Guidelines, the first textbook of the series Footstep of Growing Up, which includes lessons entitled, “My Body”, “Where Did I Come From,” “Cute Boys and Girls.” The Chinese textbook will be used at Dingfuzhuang No. 2 Primary School starting this September.
Instead of telling children they were brought over by storks, the book takes a scientific approach to sex education – using words like human propagation and sperm. Here’s an example of a line (translated into English): “The testicles inside of the father’s scrotum produce sperm, which look like little tadpoles that are very energetic and good at swimming.” There are even more descriptive lines (which we’ll leave to the imagination). Thus, it is clear that the book is not shy about vocabulary on the subject – and for primary students.
In addition, the vivid illustrations are a bit risqué. "It is just a pornographic book. What if my son copies the gestures in the book," says one Chinese parent. "It is too early for primary students to know such detailed information about sex."
But just ask most parents what they think and 60 percent agreed with promoting this new book on sex education, 38 percent were neutral and only 2 percent disagreed with promoting this new book.
See Guangzhou Daily’s poll on Sina Weibo.
Read the full article on People’s Daily here.