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'Sissy Men' Purge? Tech Is Other Target Of China's Effeminate Male Ban

Government regulators in Beijing have banned the TV and streaming appearance of what is referred to with the slur "niang pao" – literally, "girlie guns." It is clearly a homophobic and transphobic measure, but the real aim may be to keep the increasingly powerful tech platforms in line.

'Sissy Men' Purge? Tech Is Other Target Of China's Effeminate Male Ban

Anson Lo Hon-ting (R) and Edan Lui Cheuk-on (L) of the local boy band MIRROR meet their fans, July 2021

Shuaishuai Wang

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The Chinese government has recently taken action against what it calls “sissy men" – males, often celebrities, deemed too effeminate.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

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Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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