MORE than 100 students signed up for an unconventional class at Zhejiang University last week.
Instead of listening to lectures, students at the two-day session participated in group discussions and "metaphor" games. They watched video materials, all aimed at persuading them to refrain from premarital sex.
The organizers of the "chastity" seminar said it encouraged students to discuss and debate the consequences of premarital sex. They hoped students would also develop a greater awareness of the threat of AIDS and learn about alternatives to premarital sex. Two dozen students signed up directly and more than 100 registered by text message.
News about this seminar gave rise to fierce debate on
Do you think "chastity seminars" are good for college students?
The threat of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases is real. Such seminars help young people protect themselves.
1. Such seminars don't just discourage premarital sex; they also teach students about responsible and safe sex. This is very useful knowledge, and for this purpose alone such seminars is positive.
2. Many seriously negative social phenomena have come about because people are having sex at increasingly younger ages these days. They often lack an adequate understanding of what they are doing. If college students voluntarily signed up for the seminar, they probably wanted to learn something about sex.
Such seminars unfairly confuse responsible sex with unsafe and irresponsible sex.
1. College students are adults who have sexual needs. As long as they understand their responsibilities, they can make their own choices about whether to have sex or not. This seminar conveys a conservative message to today's young people.
2. Encouraging young people to avoid having sex before marriage will on
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