Don’t hold your breath for the global drag revolution to hit Chinese airwaves any time soon. China continues its crackdown on sex and gender minorities with a new ban on “effeminate men” as part of President Xi Jinping’s “revolutionary culture” edict.
The edict is part of President Xi Jinping’s call for a “national rejuvenation,” with business and the public under orders to align with his vision for China. Previously, the regime has expressed official concerns and cracked down on youth online gaming, boy band culture, gambling, cryptocurrency and sports. The moves are part of discouraging what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities and certain distracting activities.
The China TV regulators called for “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics,” using an insulting slang term for effeminate men — “niang pao,” or literally, “girlie guns.”
China already tortures what they deem “weak” boys by sending them to boot camp to toughen them up, similar to discredited “reparative therapy” practices developed in the West to “cure” gay and trans children.
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