Guest Post: On Sex Education in China's Tang Dynasty Era | Speaking of China

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  1. Ruth – China Elevator Stories
    Ruth – China Elevator Stories April 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm | | Reply

    What an interesting post! I’m wondering who created these paintings. Was that something “women in the know” created to give on to the younger generations, or was it something men created to tell women what they wanted from them sexually?

    1. Weina Dai Randel
      Weina Dai Randel April 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm | | Reply

      Ruth, the paintings I found were works by some well-known male painters. One was named Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322) or Zhao Zi Ang, also known for his poetry and calligraphy. 🙂

      It didn’t seem like they were scrolls handed by “women in the know” to the younger generations, like The Moon in the Palace.

  2. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason April 2, 2016 at 9:38 am | | Reply

    That is so funny about your nine-year-old in Shanghai. I also have a nine-year-old daughter and would have done the same thing!

  3. Autumn
    Autumn April 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm | | Reply

    Ha, this does not surprise me at all. Not after my many conversations with my overly frank Chinese in-laws! My husband grew up in Hawaii and his friends of Japanese descent all commented on the, um, “earthiness” of Chinese conversations. Especially as weddings drew near.

    It’s always nice to see how advance the Tang dynasty was — looks like lesbians were okay, but perhaps not gay men?

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