China

China’s Metrosexual Crackdown

China’s ruling Communist Party has reportedly finally had enough of impossible male prettiness, and is cracking down on the promotion of metrosexuality. ‘Sissy’ boybands, ‘vulgar’ social media influencers, reality TV and ‘abnormal esthetics’ have been denounced by China’s mighty broadcast regulator, The National Radio and Television Administration. They have, according to this report, correctly identified some of the main vectors of metrosexuality in their moralising campaign to make China uglier: ‘An emphasis was placed on banning “immoral” stars, in particular, “resolutely putting an end to… Read More »China’s Metrosexual Crackdown

Fluffy Ideology: The Cold War With Cuddly Toys

Mark Simpson on the Cold War with Cuddly Toys (Arena Hommes Plus, Spring 2008) The titanic Superpower confrontation of the early 1980s between the Soviet Union and the United States saw the deployment of several new and terrifying strategic weapons systems, including Cruise Missiles, Pershings, SS-20s, B1 Bombers, and SDI/Star Wars. But undoubtedly the most powerful, most feared and most sophisticated of these weapons systems was a smiley cuddly toy called Misha. Unleashed at the height of the Cold War, at the Moscow Olympics of… Read More »Fluffy Ideology: The Cold War With Cuddly Toys