Chinese singer Cai Xukun. Androgynous pop idols and others who don’t conform to gender norms have been targeted by regulators. Photo: VCG via Getty Images
Chinese singer Cai Xukun. Androgynous pop idols and others who don’t conform to gender norms have been targeted by regulators. Photo: VCG via Getty Images

China’s campaign for conformity is taking aim at ‘effeminate’ men

  • Regulators have warned media firms off androgynous pop idols and anyone who doesn’t conform to gender norms and called for a boycott of ‘fan culture’
  • It’s a sustained and coordinated push that’s linked to President Xi Jinping’s broader ‘common prosperity’ initiative, observer says

Chinese singer Cai Xukun. Androgynous pop idols and others who don’t conform to gender norms have been targeted by regulators. Photo: VCG via Getty Images
Chinese singer Cai Xukun. Androgynous pop idols and others who don’t conform to gender norms have been targeted by regulators. Photo: VCG via Getty Images
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