China’s Sexual Devolution

An article in The Independent presents to us a glimpse of what a “sexual revolution” can do to a society:

A survey by Li Yinhe, China’s only female sexologist, shows that 70 per cent of Beijingers have had pre-marital sex, compared with 15.5 per cent in 1989. In the major cities, the average age at which people in the 14-to-20 age group first have sex is 17, as opposed to 24 for those aged between 31 and 40.

Where is this leading?

Unsurprisingly, this new-found sexual freedom has a negative side. The number of young single women having abortions has soared: 65 per cent of women terminating pregnancies in 2004 were single, compared to 25 per cent in 1999. Rates of HIV infections are growing quickest amongst the 15-to-24 age group, and the number of couples getting divorced in 2004 was 1.6 million, a 21 per cent rise on 2003. But now the genie is out of the bottle, it seems there is no turning back.

In five years, the number of single women aborting their children rose from 25% of aborting women to 65% of aborting women!

HIV is growing quickest in 15 - 24 year-olds!

In one year, there was a 21% rise in divorces!


Some sociologists believe the policy introduced in 1979 restricting urban couples to having just one child was the spark for the sexual permissiveness. Professor Pan Suiming, of the Renmin University of China, said: “The one-child policy shattered the Confucian belief that reproduction is the only purpose of sex.”

Hmmm. Removing one of the purposes of sex turns it into something destructive. Hmmm.

3 Responses to “China’s Sexual Devolution”

  1. Webcritter Says:

    What do you expect from a society which practices forced abortion?

  2. The Terrible Swede Says:

    I think we went to war with the wrong country.

  3. Josiah Says:

    Yet we’re not too far behind China in abortions percentages, and ours are not forced. And we’ve had our hands in making China the way she is…

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