The bottom-line of “sex education” : focusing on the Journal New Culture, edited by Zhang Jingsheng = “性育”的底线：以张竞生主编的《新文化》月刊为中心
Hee, Wai Siam
Date of Issue2011
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This article explores and re-evaluates Zhang Jingsheng’s “Sex Education” in his New Culture, which advocates controlling and re-coding Chinese men’s and women’s “sex,” “gender,” and “sexuality” by means of “knowledge/ power.” Zhang Jingsheng accords great value to “eugenics” and “aesthetic sexual intercourse,” including the “sex education,” based upon which he tries to make improvements in Chinese people’s innate physical weakness and “neither male nor female” “sex” characteristics; and with touted “aesthetic education” on all of the basic aspects of life, he attempts to remedy and correct the lacked or inverted masculinity and femininity in Chinese men’s and women’s “gender.” He also makes his comments on how to save and cure those “sex perverts” identified in Chinese men’s and women’s “sexualities,” the information of which he collected from and analyzed in the articles 許維賢，新加坡南洋理工大學中文系助理教授。 solicited on the topic of Sexual Histories as well as the letters to New Culture. Finally, this article compares New Culture with those discourses or translated discourses on sexual difference published in other Chinese magazines in the twenties, and concludes that New Culture seems to have a group of writers holding “unified” opinions on the issues of “homosexual love” and “sexual aesthetics” and seems less tolerant of differing opinions than magazines like The Chinese Educational Review, The Ladies’ Journal, and New Women.
Chung Wai literary monthly (Zhongwai wenxue)
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