The Culture of Sex in Ancient China (Paul Rakita Goldin)
In ancient China, sexuality was unrestricted and practiced fairly indiscriminately. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what sexual intercourse was like in ancient China culture, because it was so many things. This list explores the many facets of ancient Chinese sexuality, while providing some very strange facts about old Chinese dynasty times. The people of Xinjiang, a remote region of northwest China, are not only responsible for creating the earliest form of erotic artwork, but also some of the most graphic smut in the ancient world. The carvings were discovered in the s by Chinese archeologist Wang Binghua. Accounts paint parts of northern China as much more hospitable than most ancient societies, to say the least.
The subject of sex was central to early Chinese thought. Discussed openly and seriously as a fundamental topic of human speculation, it was an important source of imagery and terminology that informed the classical Chinese conception of social and political relationships. This sophisticated and long-standing tradition, however, has been all but neglected by modern historians. A survey of major pre-imperial sources, including some of the most revered and influential texts in the Chinese tradition, reveals the use of the image of copulation as a metaphor for various human relations, such as those between a worshiper and his or her deity or a ruler and his subjects. In his examination of early Confucian views of women, Goldin notes that, while contradictions and ambiguities existed in the articulation of these views, women were nevertheless regarded as full participants in the Confucian project of self-transformation.
Over the centuries, the roles of women and sexuality have changed dramatically within Chinese society. Wikimedia Commons. Read more. We all have some stereotypes, or rudimentary knowledge, when it comes to the bedroom antics of different nations, but there is a big question mark when it comes to the Chinese. Sex is not often discussed in China because they are rather shy as a nation when it comes to the subject.