Sunday, March 4, 2007

Does the WTO know?

A sure sign that trade liberalization is working: pornography is now available in China, albeit “tame”. The gradual lifting of sexual taboos certainly plays a part, but “[t]he market is the No. 1 driving force”. One Chinese woman, author of a "satirical novel about the country's mad race to modernization”, qualifies the new openness regarding sex, including sex magazines, as “a kind of grass-roots sexual revolution". And it's a revolution the government supports! It publishes one of the most popular men’s magazines, while the major newspaper. more egalitarian, has links on its website to photos of both men and women. Sexual revolution, bravo. Pornography as market-driven, state-supported modernization, grrrr.

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