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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Niang Pao

China is banning effeminate or "abnormal" looking men on television. They are reportedly worried that their men are not "masculine enough."

Broadcasters must "resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics," the TV regulator said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men — niang pao, or literally, "girlie guns."

That reflects official concern that Chinese pop stars, influenced by the sleek, girlish look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, are failing to encourage China's young men to be masculine enough.

Broadcasters should avoid promoting "vulgar internet celebrities" and admiration of wealth and celebrity, the regulator said. Instead, programs should "vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture."

Good luck with this. Why do I think that this campaign is not going to end real well for them? Because sexuality and orientation are never going to be tightly capped in a bottle, it has been tried too many times. You restrict effeminate men and you might just get the opposite, a bunch of butch Chinese flat top guys running around wearing chaps and not much of anything else.

Because it is a very short run from uber macho to the other side too. Just wait, this should be very entertaining. Chinese Marlboro men gone bad.

The truth is that homosexuality has a long history in China. The story Dong Xian details the same-sex relationship between Emperor Ai of Han and one of his male concubines. 

Ming and Liu Song literature like the Bian Er Chai (弁而釵/弁而钗) show the prevalence of gay relationships as equal to hetero in the third century. This is not China's first gay rodeo by any means.

Banning your citizenry over their choices in regards to who to love is the mark of a desperate society ultimately doomed to failure. 

The ruling elite in China sounds like they would be very comfortable with their moral brethren in Kabul, Mississippi and Poland. Too bad they all don't live together somewhere far, far away.

Of course, if any country can be counted on to repress its citizens in the most brutal and ruthless of ways, it is China.

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