Combating Virtual Pornography in China

I had a good laugh when I read a BBC report on China rewards online porn surfer. A Chinese college student’s addicted to on-line porn ruined his chances of getting into a top university and ended in a junior college.

Now, this student is getting even with those that feed his addiction.

Since this unnamed student from northern Shanxi province couldn’t control his addiction, he decided to wage war against the porn industry by reporting porn sites to China’s censors and ended up being rewarded with 10,000 yuan ($1,465US or £913UK).

Just how serious is China’s government in combating porn? Back in February 2010, I reported China’s Stylish Assault Against Pornography. In fact, in the war against pornography, China recruited mothers.  Now China is recruiting Chinese addicted to porn.

Since that report almost a year ago, what have been the results of China’s war against porn?

Google warned to cut links to porn.

According to Politik Ditto, a Website claiming to be fighting Liberal Terrorism, “Around 1,330 people (in China) received punishments for producing, duplicating, publishing, selling and spreading pornographic and vulgar information from December 2009 to October 2010, and among them five were given prison sentences of five years or more…”

In fact, the Supreme People’s Court issued a judicial interpretation on crimes of spreading obscene content via Internet…

If you believe China is a country without morality, you are wrong! Instead of coming from the pulpit of a church since china has no established national religion as most countries do, China’s morality is measured by the government.

However, this isn’t new and has nothing to do with Communism. The measure of morality in China has “always” come from the family and the government and is often Puritanical. Under Mao during the Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976), a forbidden teen romance could end in an execution.

If you read my post of Gwyneth Paltrow Popular in China, you would know that guidelines on movies in China are strict: “No sex.  No religion. Nothing to do with the occult. Nothing that could threaten public morality or portray criminal behavior…”

Being “somewhat” Puritanical myself, I applaud China’s war against pornography.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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2 Responses to Combating Virtual Pornography in China

  1. Erick says:

    “If you believe China is a country without morality, you are wrong!”

    Well, some citizens in China have morals, but for officials within government, they only have “morals” when it’s advantageous to Communism and the Party. And those “morals” change when they need to.

    It has everything to do with Communism/Socialism (Marxism). Stalin, Lenin, Hitler (National Socialist: NAZI), Mussolini (Fascist Party, based on Marxist ideology), Pol Pot, Mao, Castro, etc. etc. all banned “inappropriate materials” as well…..yet, executing someone for the most minor offense was widespread. No morality existed unless it benefited the goals of the State.

    A correct statement would be: “China has morals only when it benefits the Communist Party.” If morals did exist within their government, tens of thousands of people wouldn’t be executed and/or imprisoned for ‘thought crimes’.

    As for the ‘WHY is pornography illegal in Marxist states’, that’s b/c those in power believe they know what’s best for their peasants. It’s not a “morality” issue, but a control issue. For if people had the ability to CHOOSE to view pornography, then they might get the crazy idea of reading/viewing anti-communist articles, pro-capitalist news clippings, or scathing remarks of their Communist leaders: knowledge is a threat to the power base.

    • If knowledge is a threat to the power base in China, then why has the CCP lifted literacy to more than 90% from 20% at the end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution and allowed hundreds of thousands of its citizens to go to college annually in North America and Europe where these young people will surely learn concepts and facts that will be a threat to a government that you may think intends to rule for ever as you seem to infer. India is a democracy and has higher literacy and worse poverty rates and a lower literacy rate than China has today.

      And why is China hiring so many Westerners to teach in their schools and universities at all levels?

      And why is China so hell bend on expanding the university system to accept more eligible students? In fact, China has partnered with Stanford who has opened a building on one of China’s top ranked universities in Beijing, while other Western universities are creating partnerships with Chinese universities throughout all of China.

      In addition, more than fifty-million or more Chinese now travel annually as international tourists visiting countries all over the world learning all kinds of things that the CCP cannot control. Chinese tourists are now ranked as the largest global tourist sector spending more money outside China than tourists from any other country.

      This doesn’t look like a government that is trying to control thought 100%. Instead, the evidence suggests that the CCP is slowly lifting the thought control little by little and letting in more knowledge and ideas that may eventually lead to a more representative government in the future.

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