In spring 2011, when I was writing the conclusion for my previous book, People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet, Hong Kong was in a state of turmoil because mainland China’s dissident artist Ai Weiwei had been indefinitely detained by the police in Beijing. He was released after 81 days, but this crackdown signaled the beginning of a new phase of persecution and tightened censorship of the mainland Chinese media, which included network communications, film and arts festivals, and sexually explicit materials. I also showed that Chinese netizens were sitting tight and defending their right to a “pornosphere”: a network of websites, social media platforms, and traditional public spaces used for the sharing of sex products and related commentaries.


Chinese Communist Party Social Media Platform Internet Pornography Porn Consumption Explicit Medium 
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