This week, China announced that it has just instituted a law banning effeminate men from TV and the internet has part of a National crackdown to protect their culture against these Western neoliberal influences. Communist Party of China’s propaganda department called for “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics,” using an insulting slang term for effeminate men — “niang pao,” or, “girlie guns.”

Legal authorities say the effeminate propaganda they are targeting is coming from various TV and music celebrities and also who they call “vulgar internet celebrities.” They rightly claim this creates an unhealthy admiration of wealth and celebrity causing certain distracting activities and will establish a “correct beauty standard,” and boycott vulgar internet celebrities.

The Chinese government is instructing its citizens and especially its TV programmers should avoid performers who “violate public order” or have “lost morality,” and programs about the children of celebrities also are banned. They want Broadcasters to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality, and are calling for programming that “vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture, and advanced socialist culture.”

Last week, China regulators reduced children’s access to online games after passing a law allowing only three hours of gaming per week. Rules that took effect Wednesday limit anyone under 18 to three hours per week of online games and prohibit play on school days.

Chinese authorities have accused some people in the entertainment industry of bad influence on the young and of “severely polluting the social atmosphere.” As a result, over the last few years, several celebrities and overtly vocal billionaires have been deleted from the internet as if they never existed and were issued hundred million dollar fines by the Chinese government.

For example, a famous actor and billionaire investor, Vicki Zhao Wei, was scrubbed from the Chinese internet without explanation. A famous actress, Zhao Wei, has disappeared from streaming platforms without reason. Her name has been scrubbed from credits of movies and TV programs as if she was never alive. In 2018, the country’s leading actress Fan Bingbing disappeared for more than two months before reappearing, embarrassed and ready to pay a fine of over $100 million for her tax and contractual indiscretions.

President Xi Jinping’s mission is for a “national rejuvenation,” with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture, and religion.

According to a 2015 study, “this “phenomenon of fake women” (weiniangxianxiang) – effeminate men who look more feminine and alluring than real women – sparked indignant discourses chastising it as an epitome of the loss of Chinese manhood and a threat to the nation-state. Experts in China, counselors, and educators called for “saving boys” through revamping the education system and underscoring gender-difference education in schools and families.

The researchers quoted many studied, “Effeminate men, contrary to the ideal entrepreneurial masculinity in postsocialist China, were given the name “fake women” in the media. The expression “fake women” stemmed from roles created in Japanese animation and comic games, where male actors displayed feminine beauty, and after extensive use of make-up, possibly equaled or at times exceeded feminine beauty (Xia 2010). News reports portrayed these effeminate men not only appearing in outlandish, ostentatious clothes, but also harboring feminine personalities” (Ying 2009; Ju 2009; Ony 2007; Ai 2007; D. Qiao 2005).

In other studies, researchers found that “The lack of manhood was repeatedly linked to the crisis of the nation-state.”

“The future of our nation is worrisome with the disappearance of manly heroism and masculine spirit,” as the discourse lamented (Yue 2012). Authors contended that a harmonious nation should have men who behave like men and women who behave like women, otherwise the nation would cease to be harmonious (Zhang 2012).

To save the nation, men’s gender-appropriate code of conduct was underscored and reasserted, the researchers emphasized.

Today, in the West, effeminate celebrities dominate and rule almost every aspect of our TV and internet programming. It is out of control and their egos need to be checked so this news from China’s government tightening control over their celebrity culture and neoliberal Western influences could not make me happier.

In my opinion, America should institute similar laws like China that are more in line with our Traditional Cultural Values of all nations of the West.

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