(Shanghaiist) A new elective sex education class has become the hottest course on campus at one Hubei university, as seats were snapped up in seconds by eager students at the Wuhan University of Technology Huaxia College. Those who weren't lucky enough to get in were left pressing their ears against the classroom wall to try to hear what was being discussed inside.
A Wuhan Evening News reporter sat in on one class, describing how a pair of professors began by giving a lecture on the subject of human sexuality before turning things over to a special guest who talked about his own experiences struggling with HIV/AIDS.
While at first, the students were a bit embarrassed about the subject material, they gradually became more comfortable and started asking questions and engaging in discussion. "Many questions I would feel very awkward asking my parents, but here in class, I don't feel any pressure," said one student.
The professor who organized the class said that often she had noticed that students were curious about questions concerning their body and sex, but were too shy to ask. Therefore, the purpose of the course is to give them an accurate and objective base of knowledge about these subjects.
According to 2016 survey, 76 percent of Chinese college students say they are up for having premarital sex, while, in the same survey, 10% of female college students admitted to having at least one abortion.
In China, sex education has not been paid enough attention despite the introduction of sex-ed textbooks in the primary schools. Actually teachers either skip over the section in textbooks or ask students to read the books by themselves. Poor sex education teaching has generated a backlash as students are turning to other sources, such as newspapers, videos and even the Internet.