Chinese Kindergarten Sex Ed Dolls are Surprisingly Anatomically Correct

I don’t remember a lot of the things I learned when I was in kindergarten, but one thing I definitely didn’t learn is this: how pubic hair looks on the adult male genitalia. But you know which kindergarteners will learn that lesson? The students at the Yaolan School in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.

Yup, the students there get to be schooled in sex education (something else I wasn’t taught in kindergarten) through the use of these anatomically correct dolls:

Not surprisingly, some parents have criticized this controversial lesson plan, but Chinese officials are still trying out this experimental sex education program in a number of schools to students as young as six.

Why? Because China has one of the highest abortion rates in the world and as a 2009 Associated Press survey of young Chinese adults found, they have “very limited” knowledge of sexual reproduction while being more open to premarital sex:

The survey found 22 percent had had sex before; of those, more than 50 percent used no contraception during their first sexual encounter. A 2009 survey of American high schoolers by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found 46 percent of students had had sex and 85 percent used contraceptives during their most recent sexual activity.

Obviously, sex education is something that needs to be better implemented in China (as it does here in the U.S. too), but is this the right way to do it? Not being a parent and knowing nothing about kids that age except they poop and eat a lot, I’m probably not the best person to answer that. But I do know this—I bet those kids are going to have some interesting dreams during naptime.

8 thoughts on “Chinese Kindergarten Sex Ed Dolls are Surprisingly Anatomically Correct

  1. There is nothing wrong with the natural human body. Children approach and learn things through the lens of innocence and curiosity. It is adults that “pervert” things….and our physical bodies. Children should be taught about everything & anything in age/ability appropriate ways. You don’t necessarily have to be detailed/elaborate, but they should at least be informed at a basic level. These dolls are awesome & I would support an appropriate class with such tools at my daughter’s school……but that would probably never happen in Prudemerica.

  2. Hmmm…not so sure this was the best way to go. At this age are these kids really equipped to understand what they are being taught? Or are they just being instilled with a curiosity about something that they shouldn’t be curious about at that age? If I were a parent I’d be pissed!

  3. Mother of 3 little kids here. If it’s presented in an age-appropriate way, I’d be for it. We teach kids about their eyes, ears and toes, so why be weird about genitals? They’re a normal part of our bodies. No reason to treat it like it’s some mystical, sinful thing that shouldn’t be talked about.

  4. When I was about 5 or 6, I walked into the bathroom where my father was taking a bath….because my mom was in there talking to him and I wanted my mom. To this day, the image of my father’s genetilia is etched in my brain, especially the pubic hair. After that, I became sexually aware and curious. I then proceeded to try and get my neighbor Sam, a teenager that was mentally handicapped to pull down his pants and show me his genetilia. So based on my own personal experience, I would say that Kindergarten is a bit too soon as children that age do not have the maturity to process these images nor the ability to make decisions that are sound when curiosity gets the best of them. What’s the rush? Let them be children.

  5. i don’t remember much but i think that [not to be rude or discriminating or anything] but these kids are not mentaly stable to be tought these things at such an early age as i have a 2 year old daughter and if that was her i would go nuts.

  6. Some very disturbing comments here, at the very least, very uneducated.

    My son baths with me – it is perfectly normal. I would with a daughter if I had one.

    I see some adults trying to replace a child’s innocent mind with the dirty thoughts of an adult (on seeing nudity for instance) Dont do try! The whole point of a child seeing a human body naked (or doll) is to prevent over interest as they get older. Its only in the last few hundred years we have started to cover up completely! We have created a perverse situation and wonder why young people go off the rails.

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