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In China, more educated women have less sex

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In a recent interview (in Chinese) with Renwu magazine, Pan Suiming 潘绥铭, 67, a professor of sexology who is dubbed the “father of Chinese studies on sex,” answered questions about how Chinese people’s attitudes toward sex have changed in the past few decades.

Since becoming the first scholar in China to offer courses about sexual sociology at Renmin University in 1985, Pan conducted national surveys every five years. The results have traced the arc of China’s sexual opening up over the past three decades.

Here are some takeaways from the interview:

  • About 10 percent of people ages 27 to 35 in China have never had sex.
  • Highly educated women tend to have less sex.
  • Roughly 9 percent of the female population said in 2005 that they had had more than one sex partner. Ten years later, the percentage rose to 30.5.
  • According to the 2015 survey, about 30 percent of married men have had an extramarital affair, compared with about 13 percent of married women.
  • More and more Chinese men say they have one-night stands, whereas women have generally remained averse to this behavior.
  • Men should be blamed for most problems in relationships. The past few decades have seen women become educated and independent, but Chinese men in general have not moved on from sexist traditional values.


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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.