© 1991

Sex in China

Studies in Sexology in Chinese Culture


Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 1-10
  3. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 11-28
  4. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 29-47
  5. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 49-68
  6. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 69-84
  7. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 85-105
  8. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 107-143
  9. Fang Fu Ruan
    Pages 145-157
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 181-208

About this book


China today is sexually (and in many other ways) a very repressive so­ ciety, yet ancient China was very different. Some of the earliest surviving literature of China is devoted to discussions of sexual topics, and the sexual implications of the Ym and Yang theories common in ancient China continue to influence Tantric and esoteric sexual practices today far dis­ tant from their Chinese origins. In recent years, a number of books have been written exploring the history of sexual practices and ideas in China, but most have ended the discussion with ancient China and have not continued up to the present time. Fang Fu Ruan first surveys the ancient assumptions and beliefs, then carries the story to present-day China with brief descriptions of homosexuality, lesbianism, transvestism, transsexualism, and prostitution, and ends with a chapter on changing attitudes toward sex in China today. Dr. Ruan is well qualified to give such an overview. Until he left China in the 1980s, he was a leader in attempting to change the repressive attitudes of the government toward human sexuality. He wrote a best­ selling book on sex in China, and had written to and corresponded with a number of people in China who considered him as confidant and ad­ visor about their sex problems. A physician and medical historian, Dr. Ruan's doctoral dissertation was a study of the history of sex in China.


philosophy sex sexuality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute for Advanced Study of Human SexualitySan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sex in China
  • Book Subtitle Studies in Sexology in Chinese Culture
  • Authors Fang Fu Ruan
  • Series Title Perspectives in Sexuality
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-43860-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-0611-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-0609-0
  • Series ISSN 1568-2161
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychiatry
    Sexual Behavior
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`This is a handsome book with a very good index ... The collation and editing are excellent ...'
Transcultural Psychiatry, 36:2 (1999)