China's first sex education textbook set to be launched for primary school students in Beijing has sparked controversy among parents over its explicit description of intercourse and its graphic illustrations.
The controversial passage in the textbook titled Growing Steps read: "To let sperm find the ovum as soon as possible, dad inserts his penis into mom's vagina at full tilt and the sperm enters mom's vagina."
The passage also appears with illustrations of the intercourse-engaged penis and vagina in the first part for students aged six to seven years old, reports China Daily.
"It's too much for children. Is that simply porn pictures for kids? It is not healthy," said a mother surnamed Liu, who worries that the material be too mature for her eight-year-old.
Liu's concerns are echoed by many parents in a country that has never before offered sex education to primary school students, said 33-year-old mother Wu Ou, deputy chief editor of China's popular science website Guokr.com.
"It's not wrong to describe sex in direct ways, but the sentences in the book are too rude, and it's even banned from our website," Wu stated.
The wording should be tenderer and more beautiful in the books for children, she said.
The trial run for the books written by experts at the Beijing Sex Health Education Research Association is set to begin in 18 schools in the coming semester.