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In an assault on freedom of expression, a court in China sentenced a successful novelist, Ms. Liu, to 10 years in prison on October 31 for including explicit homoerotic content in her work. Information about the case has just recently been circulated online, generating a widespread outcry on social media against censorship as well as the disproportionate and excessive severity of her sentence. The penal code forbids depicting sexual acts except for medical or artistic purposes. It garnered 1. And a pillar in the canon of Chinese literature, the 18th century novel "Dream of the Red Chamber," makes extensive reference to same-sex desire. Despite the fact that homosexuality is neither a crime nor regarded as an illness in China, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people face widespread discrimination.
Tens of millions of Chinese citizens remain quarantined to their homes, moving much of their daily lives online. A biology teacher from Wenzhou shared similar problems, this time during a livestreamed course on meiosis, the division of sex cells. These tales reflect a long-standing crackdown. The inadequacy of sex education in China has made porn the only source of information for millions of young people. When Titanic was rescreened in Chinese cinemas in , for instance, fans were surprised to no longer see the famous scene of Rose lying naked before Jack. But puritanism alone is not the purpose of such bans. By placing porn at the center of debates about the Internet, the Chinese government lends a moral narrative to its censorship of the free web.
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