China banned “effeminate” men

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In 2021, China’s broadcasting regulator issued a ban on ‘niang pao’ or ‘sissy men’ from appearing on TV and video streaming sites. The derogatory term is used to describe men with effeminate looks. Do these rules signal a return to more traditional notions of patriarchy, masculinity and even nationalism?

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  1. I guess no one in the modern Chinese government is familiar with classical Chinese opera where all the lovely female roles were played by males.

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