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China: Cows, pigs and balls

Categories: East Asia, China, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Law, Politics, Women & Gender

Last week, two women at Bullog.cn [1]—a blogger's portal unique in that it was set up by prominent bloggers themselves as opposed to a large media corporation—acted on dissatisfaction with what they saw as an old yellow guys club (the Chinese name is Bull Blog) and started their own blog [2], Cow Log, whose name translates to ‘Cow Blog’. Judging from the first few posts, sex from a woman's perspective—still a sorta unheard voice in China—seems to be a central theme. Like so much great Chinese writing [3], a lot of what can be found there wouldn't make much sense if translated.

From Cow Log's second post [4], ‘He's a Virgin’, dated September 13:


First off, in China's excellent environment, over eighty percent of male virgins have watched pornography, so don't believe what you've read in books; they're much more stupid and clumsy. During foreplay, they'll do like they've seen in pornos: first kiss, then look for the bra clasp, unhook it, rub your breasts, sneakily move their hands down deep, take off your underwear—and enter the essential phase. During this phase, those not versed in the ways of the world will pretend like they know where they're going. Although if you're wearing one of those bras that fasten in the front, you might confuse them for a bit.
Into the essential phase, right, it's at this point that the difference between virgins and veterans appears. Sometimes they'll lean on your body, leaving you unable to breathe. Because no woman has never told them, you'll need to use your hands to prop yourself up. Once you point this out, they'll change, but then the next problem arises: he can't find the entrance!

KielBoat at MSN Spaces gives a quick two cents [5] on the Taiwan-wide campaign [6] aimed at seeing current president Chen Shui-bian step down:


The movement is The People's Ball
The kind of collective lifestyle that I wrote about last month is now really being reenacted on Taiwan's Ketagalan Boulevard [7], exactly like the mood after the hunger strike in 1989 but before June 4 [8]. Yang Tu [9] says it feels like a family; actually it's like Lenin said, the people's ball, with the characteristics that almost all revolutions have. But, will the outcome of this sit-in demonstration be shooting? As the old Party [10]‘s first time to stand behind Chen Shui-bian [11], this might just be the real reason Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokespeople said today they hope not to see any unexpected incidents. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

And Beijing-based blogger Zeng Jinyan [12], who has spent the last several months under constant state surveillance [13], whose husband has been under house arrest for the last 65 consecutive days, was browsing through Wikipedia [14]—blocked in China—recently and happened upon the definition of the kind of state agent that now follows her everywhere she goes. Below is an addition she would like to make [15].


Since I took part in the appeal on behalf of Chen Guangcheng [16] in June, I just have to walk out the door and can see a pack of emotionless, pitiful men appear in the corner of my eye; sometimes there are a few women in the mix. They've never said who they are, why they're here, why they follow me every day, why they're holding spy video cameras……but I know that they belong to the Public Security Bureau [17]‘s elite force—the national safety and security bureau, or ‘national security’ [NS] for short.
Today I saw a detailed explanation of the NS on Chinese Wikipedia and have pasted it below to share with everybody.


My experience is that the objects of NS work far exceed the Wikipedia definition. The cases of NS harassment and infringement of which I'm aware cover a very wide scope. Some social group workers, volunteers, lawyers, painters, photographers or independent documentarians, artists, freelancers, reporters, writers, poets, scholars, student society organizers, peasants with independent consciousness, AIDS sufferers, homeowner rights activists, the forcefully evicted, the religious devout, retired soldiers, petitioners, the handicapped, children……



Rules of NS behavior are:


A. As secret police, they do not display I.D., do not make clear their identity;


B. As a priviliged force above the law, they do not adhere to any legal procedures, in fact due to their behavior's illegal nature, there are no legal procedures to follow;


C. As members of a priviliged organization, they employ tactics of intimidation, verbal and physical abuse at will;


D. Resort to house arrest, abduction and illegal imprisonment at will, make citizens disappear when needed;


E. Frame or entrap citizens at will, manipulate judicial trials, lock up citizens on unjust charges, at the same time arbitrarily send citizens to labor reform or into psychiatric hospitals;


F. Arbitrarily follow, secretly film, monitor citizens’ or organizations’ phone calls, SMSes, monitor the internet, intercept e-mails, or cut off citizens’ telephones and internet at any time and any place;


G. Completely deny any actions carried out by the organization itself or any individual secret police officer, as well as use their special privileges to eliminate any evidence beforehand or warn or threaten any possible witnessses;


H. As ‘Gestapo’-type political police, they are absolutely faithful to The Party, and depart from the people, the nation, the constitution and the law to The Party's advantage;


I. As the premier special forces belonging to the Public Security Bureau, they can transfer other police forces at any time to coordinate with their own state triad-style actions.


J. NS secret police are only responsible to their superiors’ orders and their own rice bowl; conscience, morality, justice and justness aren't taken into consideration.




All of us Chinese citizens who have crossed swords with the NS can all go and enrich Wikipedia definitions. Except that our mainland China leaves most people no way to log in to Wikipedia, because it has already been blocked by the Public Security Department of the People's Republic of China's internet police. Another simple illustrative example is that we don't even our right to access information and express opinions has been deprived. NS, just what on earth are you defending?