Porn Preferences in China

I’ve always said you can tell a lot about a culture by their sexual mores (Montesquieu would agree!). From Shanghaiist:

That Japanese porn, both gay and straight, is more popular than anything else is perhaps not surprising. Very little pornography is produced within mainland China (though some is), and China’s obsession with AV stars is well known. What’s interesting is the racial homogeneity of the top 10. Chinese porn watchers don’t appear to be very interested in anyone not of asian heritage, a mild xenophobia that’s shared with Korea and Japan, both of which also prefer to watch asians getting fucked or doing the fucking.

Pardon their French. There is more:

Of China’s neighbours, only India and Kazakhstan search for members of other races getting their sex on.

Do read the whole thing. There is a link at the end to a Buzzfeed article showing the top porn searches for all countries.

2 thoughts on “Porn Preferences in China

  1. This piece is opening a big closed book about contemporary China. Many Western intellectuals keep pretending that Chinese society and contemporary Chinese culture are inscrutable. I am one of these but I can’t fool myself forever: The pretense is largely a way to avoid commenting on what we really, readily see. Contemporary China, as seen through the English language media (also the French) looks very familiar. I have never been there (for straightforward reasons of mistrust) but I feel as if I had spend much time there. That’s because what I see and what I hear about China are quite familiar from other experiences in countries at different stages of economic development (including France when I was a child). What we see there would be considered quite objectionable by American liberals and conservatives alike.

    Think of the psychological implications of having no interest in seeing how others do it! Does it imply anything about the extent of the otherness of others?

    One thing I can say openly about China is that it’s a very successful Mafia state. There is not enough analysis of this new phenomenon, especially among libertarians. In effect, mafia-run China is the huge, living negation of every libertarian dream.

    PS I mean by” mafia” that the Chinese Communist Party -which alone elects leaders of the country by votes over 99% – has long lost any political legitimacy it might once have enjoyed. It’s now a moderate, well-run kleptocracy that relies on little exercise of force.

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