Recently, “Yunnan Naked Girl” has become one of the hottest topic in the Chinese Internet world. A 21-year old girl, Peng Chunping decided to post her nude photos online in order to draw attention and help from the society. ESWN has translated a full report from Southern Weekend on the background of this girl, her petition journey and what she had been through in her “nude protest”.
According to Southern Weekend's story, Peng was an orphan whose father was sentenced to death penalty in 2000 because of murder and her mother left the village for work on the same year. In 2003, when Peng was 15-year old, she started her journey to find her mother. She returned 2 years later and found that her household registration and house had been taken away. She blamed her family misery to local government's oppression and started her petition journey.
She wrote blog, called major media, paid petition visit to county and provincial government and finally reached Beijing in June 2008. There she heard of the story of FurongJiejie or Sister Lotus – how she became famous by posting photos online. Since then she has published three sets of nude photos and attracted some media attention. Of course the focus was not in her injustice. Some reporters even directly or discretely indicated to her that her “injustice” were not valid. She would get angry and blame the reporters. The most recent development was about her sexual relation with a Yunnan reporter, who eventually disappointed her in his report on her story.
There are many doubts about the credibility of Peng's story, for example, some comments on her personal blogsaid:
A Netease netizen even questioned her intention:
However some do take Peng's story seriously with sympathy as it told us a lot about the China society in the grassroots level, in particular the failure of grassroots social welfare. yghren pointed out that even she had psychological problem, the society should help her:
In the comment section of her blog Liu Xu, a Sichuan netizen who had suffered from the earthquake also blessed her:
The role and ethics of the media was again brought under the spotlight. A blog written by 静夜思（Calm Night Thoughts） response to Southern Weekend’s coverage discussed why the girl is willing to post her nude photos on line and fall victims to vicious people again and again.
那 什么是彭少女想要获取的东西呢？答案只有一个：就是记者掌握的话语权、媒体具备的社会影响力！彭少女一年前贴出裸照上演“裸女寻母”时就说的很清楚：为了 制造轰动效应，为了引起更多的人们的关注！ 一年之后，彭少女之所以愿意献身记者，可能是因为其渐渐明白：自己打打闹闹固然可以声名大噪，但这又能如何？想要真正地吸引眼球、让社会各界知晓自己，还 得借助记者、媒体。因为记者掌握着自己不具备的话语权、媒体具备着自己永远无法企及的社会影响力。