China: Anti Porn, Anti Choice, Anti You

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Make no mistake my dear friends, China doesn’t like you.

I say you, as I imagine I am most likely preaching to the choir, as whoever reads my article will most likely be of an open mind and or producing some adult videos of their own.

China had decided that it’s citizens should not have the ability to view any adult media in their country on “their” browsers and computers. China had tried to maintain its wholly imagined squeaky clean image by taking a stand against porn. A totalitarian regime is never satisfied until it has consolidated all the power available to it. And, China’s leaders sure would love to tout this feather in their cap. It would beat the drum toward their March toward moral superiority.

Though, to spoil their impressive effort, porn has a foothold that China can’t move. Porn is tied to business and a poke at business would be problematic for their burgeoning international relations and their interest in a free market economy. Smartly, for these same reasons, China’s citizens recognize the importance of porn in this instance. And, just for these same reasons it is a battle they can win. For its citizens, porn represents something much larger than the enjoyment of high definition moans and groans. Rather porn has become a weapon of the abused, which for them come along very rarely.

As you know, China has a horrible history of repression, political sabotage, revising history to suit the Communist agenda and most horribly, jailing and murdering it’s own citizens who confront the totalitarian regime. More than half its citizens live in poverty. Their water supplies are tainted by their manufacturing. Their air and sky is darkened and sour by the unmanaged release of noxious gases, again from manufacturing. Big business interest rules over the well being of it’s people. And, the regime rules over all in opulent wealth and luxury. Their large cities are all clean and neat, but even the immediate surrounding suburbs quickly fall into unlivable categories.

And, you know what their government is worried about? Porn. This is sad on many levels. First and foremost, their focus is porn because the leaders of China already have control of almost everything else. From media to education, policy and enforcement, China has done a remarkable job at intimidating its citizens into submission and maintaing that submission for generations.

So, those same citizens now look to porn as their stick to poke the monstrous beast in the eye. Sure, it will not tame the beast, but it sure is a bit of fun that these embattled men and women need on many levels. The citizens recognize the silliness of China’s leaders insistence on regulating adult websites and videos. And, it is well known that the best way to take down a bully is not by taking them head on, but instead subversively manipulating the situation. Some of China’s more liberal media chose to run political cartoons depicting the over reaching agenda to erase porn from society. Others have bravely spoken out about the agenda by forming public groups. Let’s hope they are ok.

Apparently though, all those good folks reached enough people to have made the leadership change its course. That and a little pressure from big business also helps. One such incident, in January 2009, Google actually won a point for the people of China by refusing to remove their uncensored search option. Google shouldn’t be congratulated too much as they were complicit on blocking searches in China on Tiananmen Square for the anniversary of the event this past year. Google blocked the search query for 4 days and restored it after receiving large pressure here and abroad.

Instead of blocking porn on all computers. China made the concession to make a program called “Green Dam” a cd to be sold with all new computers that allows those who purchase it to decide if they want to install the porn blocker. The battle isn’t totally over yet as China said it plans to reconvene later this year to consider a mandatory desktop monitoring software.

In the meantime, keep up the good work all you makers and viewers of porn. The good people of China are depending on you!

(Posted at Aly Sinclair's Blog)

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