Spear of Longinus
- 3.3 meters long (10.8 feet)
- “It took a Japanese swordsmith with 40 years experience 6 months and the equivalent of 20 swords’ worth of steel to craft the weapon.”
CHINA ARREST 20 FUJOSHI OVER BL
From: Sankaku Complex
Chinese authorities have reportedly been cracking down on the evils of BL, arresting “20 young women” for being involved with the creation and distribution of yaoi fan fiction over the Internet.
Chinese TV reportedly aired a description of how Anhui provincial police launched a crackdown on sites featuring “dan mei” BL material as part of China’s latest effort to purge the Internet of porn.
Male-on-male fiction being particularly pernicious as far as police were concerned, in addition to hounding and blocking the sites they also apparently went after the authors responsible, providing arrestees with an opportunity to repent of their sins on camera lest other fall prey to this deadly vice.
*** None of these opinions below are meant to offend any parties. I am purely stating my personal opinion here. Also, I am open to any sort of discussion/debates, so don’t feel bad for asking me about this. :)
Well, I don’t live in China and I have no idea what the policies/regulations are like over there, but I still think that this action of arresting fujoshi for writing yaoi fan-fictions is non-sense.
Why do I call this non-sense?
First, they said this action is “part of China’s latest effort to purge internet porn”. Dude, it’s no use, I tell you. The country I live in also blocked a lot of porn sites, but we just walked over it by using some proxy tricks. Admit it, sometimes forbidding people to do something only serves to spur them to do that forbidden action even more.
Here’s an example… Sankaku Complex is supposed to be blocked by my country’s authorities. But yo, hello there~ Here I am, providing you guys on tumblr news from Sankaku Complex. Tadaaaaaah~~~
Secondly, the news also stated that the women who were arrested were given a chance to repent for their “sins" on the camera. Now look here… Who are you to judge people whether they have sinned or not? What is the criteria for saying "Oh this is a sin" and "Oh that is not a sin"? Which religion are you using as a base for this? For starter, the current Pope doesn’t even judge homosexuals. Plus far as I know, religions are subject to a lot of restrictions over there. And now they’re bringing up "sins" for this? :|
Well, anyway… That’s the reason why I think this is non-sense.
As for the homophobics who posted comments in that news in Sankaku Complex, don’t mind them. They’re just some narrow-minded dorks who can’t accept others’ opinions. Like, what’s the difference between yaoi, yuri, and hentai? The only difference is that one is male/male, the other is female/female, then the other is male/female. Either way, it’s still porn, so why bother? Just ignore it if you don’t like it. And isn’t it funny that they’re supporting this action of China while they’re in Sankaku Complex which provides a lot of porn, including loli/shotacon (which are a form of pedophile)? What are they going to do if, say, Chinese authority also arrests yuri artists/authors? LOL
Now this last piece here is just a pure assumption of mine… Like I said, I am no expertise in this matter, nor that I know the real situation in China since I’ve never been there. All I know about China came through the news I found on online news portals and a friend of mine who went to college there for a few years.
I think freedom is kind of limited over there. Maybe (just maybe) this is one of the authority’s effort to further limit the people’s freedom of creativity. They start from fujoshi because the numbers are smaller compared to hentai/yuri and other types of regular porn, which makes it considerably easy to handle. One of this day, maybe they’re going to make something like a Sybil System.
“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.”
—William Gibson, Idoru
It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….
Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.
And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….
Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.
“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….
Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.
This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….
too fucking cool for words
Reminds me of Ceres from ai no kusabi