Porn in China

Porn in China

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By Ron Ecstasy on November 02, 2011

China is a politically strange place. Communist in name, it functions more as a semi totalitarian capitalistic nanny state. They don’t have the technology or infrastructure to efficiently run their 1984 game, but do have the desire to heavily regulate free speech and what we in the west call civil liberties. Yet the trappings of a wealthy western lifestyle seem to be apparent goals for many of its citizens. Access to information via the web—one of the most important contemporary liberties-- is curtailed there. Porn included.

Now I won’t pretend to be an expert on China, anybody from or living in the country can probably shoot holes through my first paragraph as it is. But I have been seeing a few interesting stories come out of there lately. And China’s take on the internet and information rights will only become more and more relevant as it continues to gain influence and develop economically.

In my constant porn trawling I lately noticed these two stories. The first is a slightly disturbing tale of the government shutting down 40 microblogs that they claim were distributing “vulgar” material. The blogs were also linked to sites selling sex toys and supplements. Both of which are illegal in China.

The government claims that citizens reported the sites and the government then pulled them. Though I find this scenario a little hard to believe, especially considering that microblogging has risen to the fore front of Chinese media. This summer’s train crash that killed 40 people was widely blogged and reported on, exposing the poor response by the Chinese government. Regardless of the specific reason the blogs were pulled, though  it seems unlikely that mobile-device fueled amateur porn will disappear any time soon.

Porn Billboard

The second story in our mini-report is a bit more lighthearted.  A billboard in the Oubei Town district of Wenzhou China recently got a little switch-around. Instead of playing the auto ads it normally does, the electronic billboard broadcast 12 minutes of hardcore porn to onlookers and pedestrians.

Reports claim a large crown gathered around to laugh at the sexy spectacle which lasted just under 12 minutes. Police later charged the man responsible (a lonely officeworker no less) with disturbing the peace, as possession of pornographic material could not be proved.

The common thread between these stories seems to be the identification of online porn as something only a certain type of Chinese would have, the same sort of person who might critically blog about the government. This makes me suspect that porn charges in China could be a sort of way to “catch” generally subversive internet users, and make some kind of charge stick. The same waya litany of drug and extortion charges are used here in the states. Though this is just specualtion.

If any readers actually have firsthand knowledge of how you get your online porn in China and what the process and porn culture there is like, e-mail us. We're interested.

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