Wuhan students perform action art to protest against rude exposure of Dongguan sex workers


Chinese Art  Updated:Mon, Feb 17, 2014 06:00 AM   By Bernd Chang


Several students from Wuhan University performed action art in campus on Valentine’s Day as protest against rude exposure of Dongguan sex workers by state broadcaster CCTV.

Four female students from Wuhan University based in Wuhan, Hubei province, went on a demonstration on the campus on February 14, calling for respect for sex workers in China.

One student held up a pair of underpants as a metaphor for the Big Underpants, i.e. the headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV), the largest state owned propaganda machine of Communist Party of China, which has been widely pejoratively called "CCAV" (AV stands for adult video) by Chinese netizens.

With one hand holding a mosaic photo covering their faces, the four students held two placards reading:

Sex job is also job; Sex workers also have dignity.


While CCAV needs Big Underpants, sex workers need mosaic (to blur their faces in photos or videos).

The action art performance of the students have gained applause among Chinese netizens as demonstrated by the top two favored comments from one of the major Chinese news portal www.163.com:

Sex workers are by far cleaner and have more dignity than CCAV.

What Big Underpants cover up is much dirtier.

Guangdong police arrested 67 people and shut down 12 entertainment venues in a massive raid late Sunday night after CCTV revealed several hotels in Dongguan, China's 'capital of sex', were involved in illegal sex trade.

Both the CCTV program and the crackdown on prostitution nationwide have since inspired heated debate on Chinese internet with some human rights advocates calling for legalization of the oldest occupation in China.

It was actually not the first time Chinese media reported illegal sex trade in China, but what was the same as before is that sex workers were exposed without reservation, and some even seen naked, in the footages that were aired across the country.

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