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Sex? It's OK for others but we're more traditional

FEMALE university students appear to be open-minded about other people's sexual behavior, but much more traditional when it comes to their own.

In a survey of more than 900 local students, more than half displayed a tolerance and understanding of cohabitation, one night stands, sex before marriage and being bar girls or mistresses.

But they would do none of those themselves.

"Female students' tolerant attitude shows their respect for others' values as modern people regard sex as private matter," said Liao Shengqing, leader of the research team and an associate professor at Fudan University.

The Accurate Reporting Program Team of Fudan University's Journalism School interviewed senior students from 18 local universities including Fudan, Tongji and Jiao Tong last month.

In comparison to their tolerant attitude toward others, 74 percent of respondents said they had never had sex and 82 percent were against sex without love.

Researchers said this showed that students were more tolerant about others' sexual behavior, while they themselves were more traditional and constrained.

About 5 percent of the students questioned said that they had cohabited with others in college and nearly 13 percent said they would if their lover wanted them to.

About 70 percent didn't regard one night stands as immoral behavior.

The research also found that the students' attitude to being a mistress depended on their employment status.

About 62 percent of students who had not secured a job understood why some people became mistresses but only 52 percent of those with jobs had the same opinion.

The survey also found that about 10.4 percent of the students regarded a man's economic situation and family background as their top criteria in choosing a husband.

"Housing prices are rising too quickly," said one respondent called Xiao Xiao. "Under the big life pressure, it's all right to improve life condition through various ways in my opinion."

About 14.9 percent of the students surveyed said they preferred to work in second-tier cities.

Of them, 91 percent said they didn't want to be slaves to a mortgage.


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