Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 12:16 PM
Better than riots
In 2005 and 2006, Web editors at Xinhua and the China Daily, probably unbeknownst to their bosses, uploaded many photographs of scantily clad women to the sports, fashion and photo gallery sections of their websites.
Danwei followed this trend for some time, coining the word 'Skinhua' to describe the phenomenon: see for example, Pamela Anderson kissed excitedly by homosexual pop star, Skinhua goes nuts, Skinhua overdrive, and Sinner Daily gaining on Skinhua?.
Since mid 2006, a series of anti pornography and 'civilized Internet' (文明办网) campaigns seem to have slowed down the Web editors enthusiasm for scanned Playboy and FHM covers and lingerie shows.
But perhaps the even less welcome images in the news in the last two weeks have made the Xinhua Web editors revisit their old habits: the image reproduced here is from a Xinhua photo gallery uploaded on Sunday, titled Lingerie show in ski resort, filed under 'Entertainment'.
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