New slogans about torture and maiming now friendlier
August 6, 2007
China Daily reports that family planning slogans like ‘Raise pigs not children or we’ll torture you’ and ‘We’ll burn your house and kill your daughters if you don’t have an abortion’ are going to be replaced by friendlier encouragement involving affection and gender equality. Some new alternatives include ‘Our loving Mother Earth can’t sustain more kids so pull the plug now’ and ‘We’ll burn your house and kill your daughters and/or sons if you don’t have an abortion’.
Implemented in 1979 Family Planning Policy limits families without strong Communist Party connections to just one child. This has helped slow the rate of population growth in China. China’s population reached 1.3 billion in 2005 and the government believes that number would have been reached four years earlier had the policy not been implemented.
“To our great embarrassment good Communists have had sex and children despite policy,” said Fang Day a village leader in Anhui Province. “I’ve never personally engaged in the disgusting practice and don’t know why others have. I’m hoping that the new slogans will encourage our people to stop or at least pretend to.”
A circular issued last week by the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC) said that the old slogans were poorly worded and needed to be changed to have greater effect. “Slogans have great power in society. There is a great mystical connection between the slogan and the spoken word,” said NPFPC spokesperson Yu Gonyi. “Words when read aloud transcend desire and change ones being and actions. Of course knowing that the authorities will kill you or your family if you don’t obey also has some influence.”
The Commission spelled out new rules for college students as well. Rules were revised in 2003 to permit students to use the Chinese word for ‘sex’ in the same sentence as the word for ‘people’. The new rules build on that. Students will now be allowed to be in the same room with each other when using the word ‘sex’, providing they have a note from a party official.
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