First Chinese sex-negative website launched, bashing gays and masturbation among others

January 5, 2011Jing Gao19 Comments, , , , , , , , , ,

Recently, a non-governmental website haongo.com that boldly campaigns against eroticism as well as homosexuality and masturbation has been launched in Shijiazhuang, and quickly received a massive number of hits. Over half of those who volunteered to build the site are women. They say their purpose is to educate people using their own experiences on harms carnal desires can bring, and wake up people to self-respect and family love.

The site’s definition of eroticism is very loose and broad. A variety of nonmarital, non-traditional sexual behavior, abortion, and even “excessive sexual intercourse” between spouses are covered. “Immorality” and “eroticism” are often used as synonyms, showing strong moral judgments.

Haongo.com has more than twenty columns, including “Traditional Culture,” “Evilness of Promiscuity,” “Victims of Homosexuality,” “Vice of masturbation,” “Premarital Cohabitation,” “Mistakes of the Media,” “Altar of Confessions.” Articles in each column are either collected from the Internet or submissions by the users. Main contents include:

  1. Analysis of harm of prostitution, extramarital affairs, pornography, reception and dissemination of pornography, masturbation, premarital cohabitation, abortion, homosexuality on individuals, families and the society, providing a number of cases, some of which use the first-person point of view, such as “Masturbation and patronizing prostitutes have brought bad luck to me,” “STD has beat my head off,” and so on.
  2. Urging the public to get rid of acts aforementioned, including authoring one proposal to swear off eroticism in the name of college students;
  3. Introducing specific methods to quit these acts.
  4. Posting ancient anecdotes, famous admonishments or religious creeds. In addition to those about quitting eroticism, 24 stories of filial piety, story of Wang Baochuan who vowed chastity for 18 years until her husband returned are also included.
  5. Popularizing diet, regimen and health care knowledge that are based on Chinese medicine, promoting vegetarianism.

Illustrations on haongo.com

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Beware of traps and misfortunes that beauties can bring.

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Don't have carnal desires. The Chinese character for lust has a knife on the top.

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A woman of transcending beauty turns out to be so different on the inside. How can you have carnal desire for her?

Quotes on the website:

Mess created by parents leads to children’s homosexuality. Homosexuality is completely curable.

Premarital cohabitation turns a girl from a sweet orange into a bitter citrange. Girl that find the right husband can still be a sweet one, otherwise she remains a bitter one.

You are horny? love beauties? Next time you see a beauty, you should know, here comes one that suck up your brain.

Lust is the worst of all vices. Don’t go to the dead-end!

AIDS is the result of proliferation of human sexuality and promiscuity.

Darwin’s theory of evolution causes great harm t0 today’s society and education and can be called a disaster; because it makes people disbelieve in “God” and stay away from “morality.”

Graphic warning: the following picture is found on haongo in an article titled “A female college student on the loose was punished.” Click to enlarge if prepared.

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The strategy haongo.com uses is giving the alarm, sometimes a false one. For example, it says the composition of semen is similar to that of cerebrospinal fluid (Jing’s note: its point is to let men treasure their semen and produce sparingly, if at all). It also spreads superstitious and unscientific tales that feature karma. It says, for instance, three authors suffered mishaps, such as car accidents, after posting pornography on Tianya, a popular Internet forum.

Here is a news story by Yanzhao Evening Post about haongo.com on Sina, which praises the website and glosses over the fact that it reinforces stereotypes, discriminations and incorrect notions of sex and gender.

China has just started another bout of crackdown on online pornography. Zhang, a college student who asked for anonymity, said he and his friends can no longer access porn sites they used to visit. Instead, the search result of “pornography” directed him to haongo.com, a sex-negative website. Bored, he began to read articles in columns like “Evilness of Promiscuity,” “Sex and Health,” “Cathartic Garden” and “Tree of Wisdom. “I was really shocked after reading them. I didn’t expect obsession with sex will have so many evil consequences,” Zhang said, “A lot of people who made mistakes are adults like me who thought of themselves as having enough self-control. But they got very impulsive under real circumstances.”

Zhang said two years ago, he stumbled upon an online article titled Harmless Masturbation. He then became addicted to masturbation. “Perhaps, masturbate once in a while is fine. But after I acquired the addiction, it did great harm to my body. I used to be able to play an entire soccer game, now I couldn’t even hold out for more than 30 minutes.” Zhang also said he quit masturbation after reading the articles on haongo.com. Later, Zhang contacted the volunteers and became one of them, preaching against carnal desires on campus.

Ms. Zi ming, one of the site founders, said that the idea of launching such a website has been on her mind for a long time. As media person, she knows too well about today’s surfeit of pornography and its bad influence. She said too many children and families have fallen victim to wrong notions about sexuality.

She said she was caught off guard, when her kindergartener daughter said to her, “Mommy, I want to be in love with somebody in my class.” Zi Ming said her daughter’s remarks that were offensive to the ear shocked her. Apartments rented on the daily basis (Jing’s note: run as cheap love hotel) are everywhere around the campus. Advertisements for abortion are on the walls of public restrooms. This leads to the increasing number of teenage abortions and the climbing divorce rate.

Yingzi, another volunteer, said she used to have a happy family. Then because her ex-husband frequented pleasure-seeking places for doing businesses, he had caught sexually transmitted diseases, and the family fell apart. “I have got over failure of my marriage, but my 14-year-old son turned depressed and even prone to violence.

Volunteer Xia Xin used to be an educator. She said a teenage girl followed by three young men went to hospital for abortion, and didn’t feel ashamed at all. This shows there is something wrong with societal notions of sex. “Despite the fact that relevant government sectors have repeatedly cracked down on pornography, many portal sites wink at sexual message,” Xia Xin said, “Will a child immersed in the vast sea of sexual message and temptations be physically and psychologically healthy? Have a happy marriage and life? Highly improbable.”

Because they’d never seen any nonprofit anti-eroticism website on line, they put their heads together from October 2010, and formed the plan. They chipped in and gathered 7,000 yuan for the server hosting and web design. The website was officially in operation at the end of October.

Since the moment the site was launched, it has become a unique sight. Many netizens speak highly of it and think it is doing justice. A user with the sign-on ye ye wrote, “Thank you, guys. Hope you can take the lead to reverse unhealthy trends in the society!”

Some people also questioned it, “Anti-eroticism, how do you “anti?” Merely by reporting porn sites on your part? Today, you reported it; tomorrow, it can change the domain name and run as usual.”

Volunteers’ reply is, “The major function of our website is not reporting, but educating, letting people realize harm of eroticism on human body, family and fate, letting people set up correct moral values and notions of sex. They would naturally keep those bad things at a distance after they know what’s right and wrong.”

An interesting phenomenon is, many strangers, at one time over half of all visitors, stumbled upon the website by searching for “porn sites.” “They accidentally came here, but afterwards many left comments saying our website saved them.”

“Netizens are encouraging us. So we will definitely keep moving forward,” Qingxin said, “I hope everyone can visit our website, get to know the danger of eroticism, and cherish their happy life.”

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19 comments to “First Chinese sex-negative website launched, bashing gays and masturbation among others”

  1. [...] Gao from the Ministry of Tufu reports on the launching of a non-governmental website haongo.com which campaigns against eroticism as well [...]

  2. Matthew A. Sawtell | January 6, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    NGO website in P.R. China? Methinks not… given the endorsement it got in a government run paper. Will be interesting to see what happens to this site in the next few months once the 'human flesh search engine' has its way with it. As for the topics its covering… cripes, more 'hairy palm from National Geographics' jokes again?

  3. hi | January 6, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    they are doing right, helping people from drowning into the lust

  4. Joel | January 6, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    In a society where mistresses are common and people assume their husbands will cheat if given the chance, big (male) bosses procuring sexual favours from their staff is widespread and tolerated, "hair salons" and "foot massage" parlours are in every other neighbourhood, and abortion commercials play on taxi radios every 20 minutes, it doesn't surprise me that a bunch of Chinese women have a negative attitude toward "eroticism" and "carnal desire". And it's interesting to see a public response from people to the rampant, blatant sexism and abuse in Chinese society. HOWEVER, I have a lot of questions about this reporting and translation, especially:

    [1.] How to translate 色情? My dictionaries give me "sex," "erotic," and "pornographic." But being an "Anti-Porn Website" and an "Anti-Sex Website" are two very different things, in my mind, and would drastically change the meaning of their quoted statements above.

    [2.] Sex-negative? Really? Maybe — I don't know this website. But before I make that judgment call I'd like to see a tighter definition of what they mean when they speak against what's translated as "eroticism" and "carnal desire". I wonder:

    a) if in English those words are too general, and if in a 21st century urban Chinese context they mean something slightly more specific;

    b) if given the prevalence of porn, obsessive masturbation, cheating, mistrissing, and blatant sexism they are rhetorically swinging too hard and overstating, throwing the baby out with the bathwater;

    c) if you pinned down the website founders on exactly what they were and were not against, if they would come across as less anti-sexuality-in-general and more anti-abuse-of-sexuality, or anti-sexual-behaviour-that's-harmful-to-families, or some other qualified stance.

    A person can be anti-porn, anti-extramarital sex, anti-premarital sex, anti-sexualized advertising and anti-the-general-objectification-of-women, even anti-masturbation in some ways and still be positive toward sex and human sexuality (some people are against those things *because* they value, enjoy and respect sexuality). Of course, maybe these women have been burned so bad in the sexual realm that they really are anti-sexuality-in-general. If so I don't agree with them, but they certainly have my sympathy.

    Interesting find. That "character for lust has a knife" cartoon — wow.

    • Jing Gao | January 6, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      I agree being anti-sex and anti-pornography are very different. But if you visit the website, you will notice, what they stand against is far from pornographic alone. Homosexuality, masturbation, premarital sex, extramarital affairs, and even too frequent sex intercourse between a husband and a wife, are all condemned by the website. But are they really advocating for celibacy and abstinence? No. They said their goal is to indoctrinate respect and love for one's family into a visitor. And I take family as consisting of mother, father and child(ren), so it's unlikely they are anti-sex. They just view sex very prudishly and negatively. They say girls' losing virginity before getting married makes them unworthy and cheap, and masturbation is evil. Even the cartoons on the website conveys the same meaning.

      That's why the "eroticism" they mean is different from what is typically designated to the English word: they have extended the definition of the word 色情, or eroticism, to a much wider scope which covers behavior very normal and legitimate, for example, masturbation and premarital sex. I thought the solution is to translate 色情 into eroticism literally, but I had to explain what they are really against and what they meant by 色情.

      I know they are in a sense victims of the degrading values of Chinese, but they have just gone to another extreme and become champions for a culture that is suppressive and sexist.

  5. 色 | China Hope Live | January 6, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    [...] Means: colour; appearance; sex. Click here for a long list of words containing this character. This cartoon from a grassroots Chinese anti-porn/immoral sexual behaviour website [...]

  6. Joel | January 7, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    That's interesting, thanks for explaining more. Going from your explanation, it seems like they're against what they understand to be "immoral" sexual behaviour. Does the view of the website fit with traditional Chinese attitudes toward sexuality? Is it more restrictive? Less restrictive? Could it be that they are simply advocating traditional Chinese values regarding sex and therefore are against the aspects of society that go against those traditional values? I don't know, so that's why I'm asking.

    A side point: what counts as 'legitimate' sexual behaviour, or 'healthy' sexual behaviour, is open for debate. A person can hold a negative view of many aspects of sexuality and many common sexual behaviours — including homosexuality and premarital sex, for example — and still be positive toward sex and human sexuality in general. Some people are against certain things *because* they value, enjoy and respect sexuality. It depends on many different things; sexuality is complex. There's room for difference of opinion within the 'sex-positive' circle. This particular website, though, going from your description, sounds like they are having an extreme reaction to modern Chinese society, which is also extreme when it comes to sexuality. It doesn't surprise me that the extreme state of sexuality in modern Chinese society is provoking extreme reactions.

    • carlos | December 29, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      Yeah I’d love to see you try that brand of apologism in the West.

  7. King Tubby | January 7, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    The quotes are a hoot:

    Homosexuality is completely curable.

    You are horny? love beauties? Next time you see a beauty, you should know, here comes one that suck up your brain.

    And then Darwin gets it in the craw.

    Pat Robertson and some of his dingbat friends bypass the GFW.

    Given Chinese Food and Safety standards the only thing this site has going for it is its promotion of vegetarianism, but carrots are excluded.

  8. bert | January 8, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    It seems some people are more tolerant of pro-morality as long as it isn't based on Christanity. To them only Christianity is the object of their hatred.

  9. aive | January 8, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    to be a gay is nothing wrong. gay does not equal erotic

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  16. garth | March 20, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Arent your youth fucked up enough with all the ignorant teachings of the over 40 group. Dtermined to keep tneir heads buried up their parents ignorant asses! I notice that girls are always singled out as having to be pure! What a load of crap. Try letting the kids make their own mistakes, which will be few compared to you old trolls. Your lives are shit, the young people are the future all over the world. You are determined to poison them so that they become little robots like you. The party loves you for doing their vile work. Asian parents are massively destructive. They dont know what love is so they mentally and physically degrade their children. They substantiate it by saying they care, yes they do, about themselves. Go die and give your kids a chance for a real life. Archaic SOB s.

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