Perspectives in Sexuality

Sex in China

Studies in Sexology in Chinese Culture

Authors: Fang Fu Ruan

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China today is sexually (and in many other ways) a very repressive so­ ciety, yet ancient China was very different. Some of the earliest surviving literature of China is devoted to discussions of sexual topics, and the sexual implications of the Ym and Yang theories common in ancient China continue to influence Tantric and esoteric sexual practices today far dis­ tant from their Chinese origins. In recent years, a number of books have been written exploring the history of sexual practices and ideas in China, but most have ended the discussion with ancient China and have not continued up to the present time. Fang Fu Ruan first surveys the ancient assumptions and beliefs, then carries the story to present-day China with brief descriptions of homosexuality, lesbianism, transvestism, transsexualism, and prostitution, and ends with a chapter on changing attitudes toward sex in China today. Dr. Ruan is well qualified to give such an overview. Until he left China in the 1980s, he was a leader in attempting to change the repressive attitudes of the government toward human sexuality. He wrote a best­ selling book on sex in China, and had written to and corresponded with a number of people in China who considered him as confidant and ad­ visor about their sex problems. A physician and medical historian, Dr. Ruan's doctoral dissertation was a study of the history of sex in China.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sex in China
Book Subtitle
Studies in Sexology in Chinese Culture
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives in Sexuality
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0609-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0609-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43860-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0611-3
Series ISSN
1568-2161
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 208
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