The Communist Party in China (CCP) has lost its moral authority and not be able to return to its old role as the sole player, says assistant-professor James Farrer, author of a leading book on China’s sexual revolution “Opening up”, in an interview with the Strait Times.
Issue was a fierce online debate that emerged when the Sichuan artist Li Zhuangping put some painting of a nude woman online in January. China’s citizens were heavily divided, some cursing the artist, others defending him, illustrating a diversity in opinions that would have been unthinkable in the 1990s.
Instead of policing the sexual choices of the people, he felt that the government should expend its energy towards narrowing the vast gap between the urban rich and rural poor in China, a key factor for the explosion of prostitution in China.
James Farrer is not only a leading academic on China’s sexual revolution, he is also a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you want to share his insights, do get in touch.