China Cracks The Whip On Porn

Does anyone else thinks it’s crazy that China has gone apes**t on the porn industry? Yes, porn has been illegal in China since 1949, and there were big old crackdowns on “spiritual pollution” in the 1980s. But recently, the government decided to really get down and dirty with the industry. In 2002, they passed a law whereby censors can look at normal folks’ emails and websites to make sure there was no questionable content involved. Then in 2005, the government locked up Chen Hui, the creator of China’s biggest porn site, and sentenced him to life in prison. In May, the government shut down Love Land, a sex-themed amusement park, before it even opened. Last week, the government started blocking Google on some computers because, well, it’s obviously the portal to sin. Starting on Wednesday, every single computer sold in China will automatically have software installed to keep the owner from surfing for or downloading porn.
The worst part of this whole thing is that the law against porn is totally vague, calling for the eradication of all “vulgar” materials—a we’ll-know-it-when-we-see-it attitude. As in, nudity at a college performance is fine but an erotic film is not, depending on the mood of the official doing the inspecting. Subjective a little, Chinese government? [Slate]

I don’t have a strong stance on porn personally—if anything I find it to be harmless and amusing—but I am a huge supporter of personal freedoms, and freedom of sex is one of my faves. China—stop jerking off (not to any “vulgar” materials of course) and leave people to their porn in peace.

What do you think? Is China taking it too far?

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