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The textbooks in question.Shanghaiist
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"'A minority of people experience attraction to members of the same sex.'"Shanghaiist
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Grade 5 textbook teaching the importance of using condoms.Shanghaiist
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Sexual fantasies from a Grade 4 textbook. Shanghaiist
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"'Daddy, mommy, just now an uncle wanted to touch my penis, and I said NO,' says the little boy. 'If he does this, we will call the police,' mom replies."Shanghaiist
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"'Daddy, mommy, Uncle Wang our neighbor just tried to touch my buttocks, and I said NO,' the little girl says to praise from her parents."Shanghaiist
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"An uncle tells her niece, 'Hong, you've grown to become so beautiful. Uncle has bought you a singlet. Do you want to take off your t-shirt so I can help you put on your new singlet?' The girl responds, 'Thanks Uncle. I can put on my own clothes and don't need your help. Dad is in the kitchen making lunch and I need to go help him.' In the picture below, an aunt tells her nephew, 'Jun, you've grown so tall now. Take down your pants so Auntie can see if your penis has also grown longer.' The boy responds, 'No, I'm going home now,' and decides he will tell his parents when he sees them.'"Shanghaiist
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"'Daddy and mommy love each other' --> 'Daddy's penis enters mommy's vagina' --> 'Daddy's sperm enters mommy's uterus'"Shanghaiist
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Meant for students in Grade 2, this teaches about about gender equality.Shanghaiist
China’s New Sex Education Curriculum Promotes Slew Of Progressive Values
China has introduced a series of progressive sexual education textbooks that are shocking some Chinese parents.
The textbooks, which are for primary or elementary school students, teach children a variety of values, such as gender equality in the workplace, acceptance of homosexuality, the importance of reporting sexual abuse and other basic knowledge about the birds and the bees.
According to the Shanghaiist, a national debate erupted this past weekend when a mother posted pictures of her young child's textbook to Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
"[Are these] fake textbooks?" the mother wrote alongside the pictures, according to the Shanghaiist. "Is it reasonable for a textbook to be compiled like this? I myself blush just looking at [it]."
While some people agreed with the mother, writing comments such as, "The picture showing the man and woman having sex is absolutely unacceptable," a vocal swelling of support on the Chinese internet out-shouted the naysayers.
One doctor wrote a viral post that read, according to the Shanghaiist:
"Abortion ads are now everywhere, and if the adults are now saying these textbooks have gone too far, it can only be said that their own sexuality education has been a big failure... Sexuality education protects children from sexual abuse, and it can only be effective if we go straight to the point and do not hide anything. Those who say the textbooks have gone too far mistake ignorance for purity."
Chinese LGBTQ groups have also come out in favor of the measure, with one organization writing a viral article titled: "China, finally you recognize homosexuality," reports the Shanghaiist.
This broad display of support may have something to do with Chinese state media supporting the effort. According to the Shanghaiist, both the Global Times and the People's Daily argued in support of the progressive sexual education curriculum.
This measure comes after years of calls for reform in the ways China teaches sex ed.
Just last year for example, a middle school sexual education textbook caused a national scandal by calling women who have sex before marriage "degenerates."
Meanwhile, STD rates in China have skyrocketed, and some say that a lack of knowledge about reproductive health has led many Chinese women to rely on abortions as a primary form of contraception.
Indeed, the Shanghaiist reports that a survey last year discovered that 10 percent of "female Chinese college students admitted to having at least one abortion."