China Sex Experts Draw the Line at Wife-Swapping

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China Sex Experts Draw the Line at Wife-Swapping


BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese sociologists said that the country should promote bolder attitudes towards sex, but that wife-swapping was off the agenda, state media reported on Monday.

Chinese attitudes towards sex have relaxed in recent decades, triggering a boom in extramarital relationships which the Communist Party has blamed on bourgeois mores imported from the West.

''Wife-swapping should not be promoted to the public as it will lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases,'' the China Daily quoted Zhang Feng, a family planning official, as saying at the fourth Guangzhou Sex Culture Expo at the weekend.

''Neither the sex forum nor the expo should provide a platform for advertising bold and unacceptable views to the public.''

Zhang's comments echoed the views of other speakers but contrasted the views of Li Yinhe, a sociologist who last year said that wife-swapping was a ''normal kind of entertainment'' and that ''all couples should have the right to do it''.

''There is only a meagre amount of couples who accept Li's views, as most people still have more traditional and moral attitudes about sex,'' Zhu Mingxi, a provincial sexology official, told the paper.

Themed ''building moral sexual attitudes'', the expo's opening day on Saturday attracted 60,000 visitors, 10,000 more than last year.

''As China is undergoing the so called 'sexual revolution', we are attaching great importance to promoting traditional moral ideas about sexuality,'' the paper quoted an expert identified only as Duan as saying.

''China has a totally different attitude towards sex from many countries. …

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