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A Study of Erotic Poetry in Ming and Quin Dynasty
Sexuality;sexual response;sexual psychology;ways of sexual intercourse;sex culture;sex poetry
|Issue Date: ||2011-05-26 10:25:55 (UTC+8)|
In ancient China, many fine works of poetry contains sexual behaviors between men and women that have their share of contributions and values in Chinese erotic literature and sex culture. However, little search concerning this topic was done.
This study is dedicated to erotic poetry in Ming and Quin dynasties, with most of the poetry originated from erotic novels, erotic paintings, poetry, anthologies, and partly erotic literature. Erotic poetry refers to any of rhythmic prose, including poems, ci, and chu, that centers around sex organs, sexual response, sexual psychology, ways of sexual intercourse. exclusive of love poems that focus on merely love. This study will give analyses on 270 out of 500 erotic poems searched.
With sexological perspective, the main purpose of this study is to present the sexual psychology, sexual response, sexual behavior, and sex culture of ancient Chinese people. For that purpose, the method of content analysis is applied to categorize, encode, and analyze the selected erotic poems into the following categories: (1) a description of sex organs, (2) a description of sexual drive, (3) a description of seductive behavior, (4) a description of sexual response, (5) a description of sexual behavior, (6) a description of the use and response of aphrodisiac and sex aids, and (7) a description of foreplay and afterplay.
The research findings are: (1) Men from past or at present believe in the popular myth that size matters in sexual intercourse. Some enlarges their penises so as to satisfy women through intercourse while feeling conquering them; (2) the way of courting through eye contact and body language doesn’t change too much from the past. In most cases males initiate the courtship, but it is the female who sends out the signal of it; (3) by detailed and vivid description of erotic poetry, the sexual drive of readers can be aroused, like modern people watching porn movies to satisfy their needs. Erotic poetry is like a manual for sexual education as readers can learn knowledge, attitude and behaviors of sex from them; (4) ancient people know that female ejaculation comes with orgasm; (5) female takes the initiative in sexual intercourse for sexual autonomy and sexual pleasure; (6) sexual behaviors of ancient people vary and their names of techniques are given creatively. During sexual intercourse, positions are changed so the chances of female orgasm will increase. Sexual outdoor activities, group sex and dogging that are considered against social norms and unfaithful actually had existed in the ancient China; (7) sex aids that rescue female from a gloomy mood, enhance orgasm or facilitate sexual pleasure are the forerunners of today’s sex toys; (8) erotic poetry reveals creator’s love for sex, reflecting the sexual psychology, sexual behaviors, and sex culture of the society in the past; (9) It was said that Chinese people was considered not knowing how to enjoy sex. But, the foreplay and afterplay from Chinese erotic poetry are evidence that Chinese people knew the importance of caress before sex and attentiveness after sex, namely the tender loving and love. Chinese people do know how to enjoy sex; (10) human’s sexual behaviors are physical and psychological, while the concepts are cultural. Even this study is distant from its remote past. The sex attitude, sexual psychology, and ways of sexual behavior of modern people are profoundly influenced by ancient Chinese. This study on erotic poetry of past is suitable as guidance at present and future as well.
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