Chinese attitudes toward dating
The new principles reflect a greater respect for human rights, a protection of marital freedom, and a change in the governmental function with regards to sexual issues.
At the same time, some major social policies have also played an important part.
One very important factor driving the social change in contemporary China is the great changes in and reorganization of social stratification.
These include, but are not limited to the following cultural shifts: a separation of sex and marriage, such as pre- and extramarital sex; a separation of sex from love and child-bearing such as Internet sex and one-night stands; an increase in observable sexual diversity such as homo- and bisexual behavior and fetishism; an increase in socially acceptable displays and behaviors of female sexual desire; a boom in the sex industry; and a more open discussion of sex topics, including sex studies at colleges, media reports, formal publications, on-line information, extensive public health education, and public displays of affection.
Sex is increasingly considered something personal and can now be differentiated from a traditional system that featured legalized marital sex and legal controls over childbirth.
For example, the side effect of the family planning policy is to promote a separation of sexual behavior from reproductive purposes.
If a couple can give birth to one child only, sexual behavior is no longer solely practiced to produce babies but also for pleasure.
Changes in the legal code have reflected this while also publicly acknowledging sex as a pursuit of happiness.