Planet China

Faking it

When the US blacklisted e-commerce site Taobao last year for facilitating trade in fake goods it probably wasn’t the sale of artificial hymens that it had in mind. Even so, China’s food and drug regulators seem to agree that some counterfeiting efforts can go too far, having banned the popular platform last week from selling “little blood chips” that are used to fake virginity, the Shanghai Daily reported.

According to the newspaper, the chips are being sold on the commercial strapline that “In dim light your partner will believe he is your one and only true love” ­– an important outcome when many Chinese men – even urban professionals – still expect their wives to be virgins when they marry.

Rather than stem subterfuge, Shanghai Daily said the chips were being withdrawn because of health concerns.


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