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Tabloid Sex and Cultural Conservatives

Wenqing Kang

in Obsession

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099807
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099807.003.0005
Tabloid Sex and Cultural Conservatives

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Through tabloid newspapers in Shanghai, a group of writers based in China's urban areas, which this chapter refers to as the cultural conservatives, were able to connect same-sex relations with national survival. Here, same-sex relations became their venue for expressing their anxieties regarding the country's well-being. This group was generally comprised of educated men who regularly wrote for the public and were well-versed in classical Chinese texts. In contrast to the iconoclastic reformers who utilized Western ideas of democracy and science to promote change, the cultural conservatives asserted the preservation of Chinese culture and remained critical regarding Western civilization. As they detested politicians for bringing on the nation's situation, they also blamed women's liberation advocates for initiating moral confusion and disrupting gender order.

Keywords: tabloid newspapers; national survival; cultural conservatives; Chinese culture; country's well-being

Chapter.  14418 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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