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Sexual Life
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What, if anything, can historians tell us of sexual life in China? The few sources which might provide us with insights into sexual life in either the imperial period or the 20th century (sex handbooks, guides to night life, manuals of marital advice, and medical treatises) are by their very nature prescriptive rather than descriptive: they do not so much reflect sexual practices as th…

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Dikötter, Frank, “Sexual Life”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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