Thursday, June 25, 2009

China bans all porn, even sex ed!


Source: Reuters



Ordinary web users in China will be banned from surfing sex-related medical and research websites from next month, amid an Internet crackdown on pornographic online content, according to new regulations.

Medical information service providers must install software to ensure only professionals can access sites that carry information and research about sex, the regulations on the website of the Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.cn) said.

"It is prohibited to spread pornographic content in the name of sex-related scientific research," the regulations said.

But the rules risk slowing sexual health education in a country where many people are too embarrassed to talk publicly about sex.

Chat rooms on health channels in popular web sites, which are one of the few sources of information on sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, may also be covered by the regulations.

"The health sections of web portals are not allowed to conduct sex-related research services," the regulation added.

The rules do not specify exactly what is covered by "scientific research" into sex.

The rules come after a series of anti-porn efforts that culminated in the announcement earlier this month that Beijing would demand the installation of "Green Dam" Internet filtering software on all new personal computers manufactured or shipped after July 1.


Just like anything in life. The internet has both good a bad elements. We all know the internet can be a dangerous place where kids and teenagers can run into violent, sex and tasteless sites. But technological advances is always really fascinating to me. Kids now can take pictures, upload them, text 100 miles an hour. When I was a kid I couldn even turn Bumblebee back into a car :(

The Chinese government is scared of EVERYTHING and the more they restrict the better for them to maintain control. In this case they will lose out alot on sexual health and education in a country that is still too naive about sex and too embarassed to ask.

4 comments:

ES said...

This is both stupid and dangerous. They're putting their people at further risk. What's gotten into the People's Republic all of a sudden. Seems they're cracking down more than usual.

One can only hope, the more they push the more the people will push back. It's all well and good to want to protect people from things, but over protection is both unhealthy and breeds rebellion.

Degenerasian said...

One can only hope it leads to rebellion but it's hard to rebel when you don't know what going on!
Plus last time there was a rebellion a bunch of people got shot (allegedly).

There alot of crackdown because of anniversaries. The Tiananmen anniversary just passed and the People's Republic's 60th anniversary is coming up in October. They don't want ANYTHING to go wrong.

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