How People Watch Porn in China

In early January 2019, the Chinese government reported on the blocking of 130 thousand sites with pornographic and prohibited content in 2018. At the same time, the police launched a campaign against VR pornography and distribution of any erotic files on the network. The Internet is considered the last relatively safe place for pornography banned in the country in 1999. It brings income, generates flash mobs and forms the underground, which the authorities have been trying to stop for almost 20 years.

What Is the Importance of Porn in China

On January 15, 2018, Japanese porn actress Sola Aoi published a photo with a wedding ring on the Chinese social network Weibo (Twitter analog). In 48 hours her record was liked 830 thousand times, and more than 170 thousand people commented. “We grew up on your films and will always support you,” wrote the user of the service.

In her student years, Aoi wanted to become a teacher for preschoolers, but in fact turned out to be an informal “teacher” for Chinese teenagers. For about 18 years of work in the porn industry, the actress has appeared in more than 90 erotic films; from 2003 to 2005, pictures of her participation came out almost every month. At the same time came the heyday of the Chinese Internet: new sites, forums and the dominance of pornography, including with the participation of Aoi.

In December 2017, a video with an unnamed student from a special school for girls in Fushun County was sold in Chinese media. In the video, she kneels in front of the students and the teacher, apologizing for watching porn. Then the girl turns on the camera to her parents and asks them for forgiveness.

As the British tabloid Daily Mail writes, the institution in Fushun is known for its strict morals. For example, in elementary grades, schoolgirls are told that they should not have sex with more than one man. Allegedly, the sperm of three or more partners can turn into a “particularly toxic mixture” and thus punish a woman.

Such statements illustrate the difficult situation with sexual education in China, as well as the negative attitude toward pornography, not only among the authorities but also among the older generation. As in Russia, Chinese schools do not devote much time to sex education, placing this responsibility on parents. However, they often do not want to talk with children on the taboo topic. As a result, young people learn about sex through porn on the Internet – just as Aoi fans learned about it.

Streams

In 2016, the market for streaming services was estimated at 4.3 billion dollars, and their main audience is men. They watch broadcasts with young and attractive girls and send them money in exchange for the fulfillment of desires. Usually, it is a harmless request – to dance, trim a video game or eat some dish. However, over the past few years, workers in this area have faced restrictions.

In 2016, the management of several Chinese streaming platforms massively fired 40 employees for indecent acts (by which they often mean an erotic reason). In the same year, streamers were banned “erotically” to eat a banana or wear stockings during the broadcast. The authors of the initiative explained that in this way they are struggling with “inappropriate and erotic” content.

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