Hong Kong sex ed illustration causes stir among mainland Chinese netizens
“Where did I come from?” Whenever Chinese parents are asked this question by their kids, they have bones in their throats. Recently, a series of pictures of a sex education textbook used in Hong Kong were posted on China’s popular discussion forum MOP, which answers this question with simple language and illustrations. Many netizens praised the textbook for its handiness. However, some find two of them that explain sex intercourse and childbirth delivery too explicit to be acceptable.
The pictures reminded many Chinese net users of their “tragic past”. They say, when they asked their mothers the same question as kids, mothers told them they were picked from trash cans, which made them quite sad for a long while. One user said, “My father told me I came our from his armpit. So I thought I was born by my father until entering junior high school!” “My grandma had always been telling me I am a fruit from a tree. I trusted it and didn’t figure it out until teen years. Alas, so tragic~”(Read how Japanese porn complements sex education in China.)
However, one picture depicts penis and vagina, and its caption says, “Sex intercourse is an intimate way of dad and mom expressing love.” Another one is about childbirth. One net user said, “The more it tells, the deeper kids are going to dig. Then you will feel more embarrassed.” Therefore, some of them said they will remove these two pictures before showing the rest to the kids.
The illustrated book was compiled by the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong and targeted on kids between age 3 to 6. Grace Lee, the education officer in-charge, said it is one of the book series titled Tak Tak Kar Kar Sexuality Education Series for young children. She suggested that parents can let kids read the books step by step and tell them sex is an act of intimacy between two adults. “Parents should cope with children’s curiosity as such with a natural mindset.”
The association even designed Tak Tak and Kar Kar, a pair of sex education dolls both featuring sex organs and secondary characteristics to demonstrate intercourse.
Selected comments from MOP.
面包甜甜：It’s better if they receive it earlier. The more is more hidden, the easier something goes wrong. Sex education for children should be dredged rather than clogged.
夜场快讯网：better not to make education so early. Nowadays it is already ridiculously open. If it is any opener, it can travel back to the animal world.
太极风_ok：Wow! Can kids accept that? Do not backfire again.
午夜一支棒棒糖：Bookmarked. Will leave them to my son to read.
爱是寂寞的谎话：Hong Kong’s way is very lovely!
狂少爷的德：Kids know not a damn thing! Would be okay if they were shown to kids in junior high school.
king8621667：In fact, such education can better guide children.
其实，哥寂寞：The post author, you are lying to me! Lying to me! Yes or no!!! Yes or no!!! My mom told me I was picked from trash! Can’t be wrong!!! Can’t be wrong!!!
疯子+疯婆子【奈何桥空空奈何,彼岸花开开彼岸】：Still need teachings from Teacher Ao (referring to Japanese porn star Sora Aoi).
kk忘忧草：This…That…This…That… Wonder what questions will little kids raise to their teacher.
天蝎座_SHUN：Children in Hong Kong is so blessed!!!
悲辛无尽：I am just afraid it would make little kids feel like trying.
NoYounger：Should get some instructional video of Teacher Ao and let kids watch it. They will immediately understand.
酱菜工程：Oh, not bad. When we took anatomy and physiology classes in junior high and high school, teachers never explained and simply asked us to read books ourselves. WTF could we understand!
xieyan1025：Fairly good. Very vivid.
平趟寡妇村：Awesome. Very easy to understand and appropriate for children. When can it be promoted in the mainland?
The entire series of illustrations.