This book analyses the ways in which sex and sexuality have been discussed in The People′s Republic of China since 1949. It examines a wide range of materials – the official and popular press, women′s magazines, sex education publications, self–help guides and medical advice pamphlets – and compares and contrasts the various discourses of sexuality and the meanings associated with ′woman′ that emerge from them. It considers the role of the state in matters of sexuality, and argues that women′s sexuality has been consistently targeted as a site for the regulation of general standards of sexual and social conduct.
This is a highly original contribution to the growing body of literature on women and gender in China. It will appeal to students and scholars of modern and contemporary China, and to all those engaged in current debates about sexuality and gender in international feminist scholarship.
1. Introduction: Discourses of Sexuality since 1949.
2. The Scientific Construction of Sexual Difference.
3. Advice to Adolescents.
4. Pre–Marital Preoccupations.
5. The Monogamous Ideal.
6. Healthy Bodies.
7. Sex and the Open Market.
8. Sexualities under Suspicion.