Sex in China: Studies in Sexology in Chinese Culture

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Springer Science & Business Media, 31 okt. 1991 - 208 pagina's
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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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Chapter
1
Significance of Studies of Chinese Sexuality
7
The IChing YinYang and Sex
14
Love and Sex in She King
27
Relationships among Medical Taoist and Sexological Beliefs
35
Materials Preserved in Japanese Collections
39
The Enduring Value of the Ancient Sexological Literature
46
MythsSources of Taoist Sexual Theory
52
Suppression of Erotic Fiction in the Yuan Ming and Ching
96
Chapter 7
99
From Golden Age to Dark Age
107
Female Homosexuality
135
Chapter 8
145
Transsexualism
151
Chapter 9
159
Sex Obscurantism and Sex Education
171

Taoist Techniques for Sexual Pleasure
64
The Courtesans
70
The Revival of Prostitution in the 1980s
77
Chapter 6
85
Human Rights and Sexual Liberation
178
References with Selected Annotations
185
Index
199
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Over de auteur (1991)

Ruan is a teacher and administrator at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California.

Molleen Matsumura has been a humanist activist and writer for more than 20 years and has contributed to Free Inquiry and The New Humanist.

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