China’s campaign for conformity is taking aim at ‘effeminate’ men

Published Sep 21 2021 at 10:18 AM GMT
  • In a low-cut midriff top, butt-hugging pants and a bold red lip, Beijing photographer Alain would be hard to miss even in the most crowded party.
  • People stare, he said, and he loves it: “It’s totally a rebellion against conservative culture.” That, for President Xi Jinping’s Communist Party, is the problem.
  • Earlier this month, regulators explicitly targeted androgynous pop idols and anyone who, like Alain, does not conform to Chinese gender norms, using a derogatory slur to warn media companies….



  • Published Sep 21, 2021 10:18 AM GMT