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China Plans ‘Gentler’ Threats On Child Policy

From China’s People’s Daily:

Gentler reminders to replace ugliness

By Li Qian
February 27, 2012

China has launched a program to replace harsh slogans, which sometimes even threaten criminal acts, that some officials use to promote the country’s one-child policy.

Instead it wants to substitute with milder expressions in an effort to "avoid offending the public and stoking social tensions."

The program, named "face-washing project," initiated by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, aims to phase out those eye-sore slogans involving violent threats and replace them with "friendly" expressions, the People’s Daily reported yesterday.

In our country our propagandists call it ‘re-branding’ or ‘recalibrating the optics.’

Some local officials in rural areas have come up with nasty slogans to intimidate couples planning to have more than one child. Simply reading some of them can send chills down one’s spine.

Some examples: "If you don’t receive the tubal ligation surgery by the deadline, your house will be demolished!" "We would rather scrape your womb than allow you to have a second child!" "Kill all your family members if you don’t follow the rule!"

"Once you get captured, an immediate tubal ligation will be done; Should you escape, we’ll hunt you down; If you attempt a suicide, we’ll offer you either the rope or a bottle of poison."

Wow, these are almost as harsh as some of the new warnings on cigarettes.

To avoid triggering widespread aversion, China has moved to replace these old-fashioned slogans with ones focusing on the population-related challenges, including gender imbalance, aging populace and unhealthy births, the People’s Daily said.

They left out ‘Global Warming.’

For every 100 girls born in 2010, 118 boys were born… [i]t is estimated that around 30 million to 40 million adult men will have a hard time finding wives by 2020.

So the nation promotes: "Caring for the girl means caring for the future of the nation." …

To avoid the births of defective babies, the nation says: "Please cure your illness before you plan to be a mother. Please get rid of the alcohol and cigarettes before you plan to be a father."

Again, these are more gentle than what we hear these days.

Though the slogans change, China will still adhere to its family policy

And they will probably still burn down your house, kill your family, give you poison and scrape your womb.

But they just won’t tell you about it first. They don’t want anyone to worry.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “China Plans ‘Gentler’ Threats On Child Policy”

  1. geronl says:

    They are replacing the slogans, not the punishments.


  2. GetBackJack says:

    So … just so we’re clear –

    In a nation of people who’ve been around 5,000 years, and have an almost genetic cultural imprinting by now that you must have a boy before a girl – and that if you have girls first they must be thrown in the river or some such …

    You seek to limit families to one child.

    Latest stats – out of for every 120 males born, there are only 100 females. 25% of young men in the nation will never marry because of a lack of women. 80% of Chinese men 30 or younger have yet to have their first date. It will only get more lopsided as time goes along.

    It used to be when a nation ran out of food, their armies would march.

    When China runs out of (blank) how balanced and reasonable do we assume their young men are going to be?

  3. Astravogel says:

    But, look at the economic boom
    for the working girls…

  4. fallingpianos says:

    All China has to do is legalize “gay marriage”. Problem solved.

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