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Why is China blurring men's ears?

Why is China blurring men's ears?

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  • China’s big fear: domestic instability. But you can only control popular culture so far before people lose their rag.

    Unfortunately, the reaction to this challenge right now appears to be tightening the noose. But the censorship machine can’t keep up with evolving people and technology forever.

    Fingers

    China’s big fear: domestic instability. But you can only control popular culture so far before people lose their rag.

    Unfortunately, the reaction to this challenge right now appears to be tightening the noose. But the censorship machine can’t keep up with evolving people and technology forever.

    Fingers crossed for a peaceful resolution (and for the censors watching, yes, that is definitely an ‘s’ not a ‘v’!).

  • Looking on the bright side, I was pleasantly surprized by the fact that this comment, which eloquently pointed out the issue, came from people there.

    ""This is gender stereotyping ... and ignores the diversity of different groups," user Eryn01 said."

  • While I admire any nation for wanting to preserve its own cultural heritage by resisting the influence of Western culture, I don’t believe this is quite the way to go. The problem here is that they’re not protecting culture, they’re protecting outdated traditionalist values.

  • We've approached parody point. I'm still skeptical of the 'openness will lead to change' model of Western engagement with China, but this level of reality bending doesn't seem sustainable.

  • It seems that China continues to choose to censor trending and trend-related topics. The question is for what reason?

  • That actor will appreciate the fact he doesn’t have earrings in pictures and videos when he is 50.

  • I often see articles like this, but experience tells me to take them with a grain of salt. I love Chinese TV and can name off the top of my head a few popular actors who have earrings, sometimes on TV, as well as TV shows that deal with homosexuality and stuff like that.

  • Well, this is terrible (speaking as a queer individual). I feel like a parallel can be seen here between the pathologizing and criminalization of queer individuals in the US and UK (perhaps other places as well that I'm not aware of) in the 20th century and what's going on in China. Could be seen as

    Well, this is terrible (speaking as a queer individual). I feel like a parallel can be seen here between the pathologizing and criminalization of queer individuals in the US and UK (perhaps other places as well that I'm not aware of) in the 20th century and what's going on in China. Could be seen as running counter to the gov'ts desire to keep out Western culture, as they're emulating oppression, discrimination, etc., that's occured (historically and in the present day) in the West.

    "Guidelines released in China in 2016 characterized homosexuality as an "abnormal sexual behavior" unfit for Chinese television, alongside incest, sexual abuse and "perversion.""