I am the toy in your bed. Due to my special circumstance, I don’t follow anyone. I also hope you don’t give me trouble. Thank you for understanding. From @若小安1微博.
As if we needed further proof that on the internet, all men are men, all women are men, and all children are FBI agents, a famous 22-year-old prostitute who blogged her sexacapades on Sina Weibo has turned out to be a 31-year-old married man living in Hangzhou.
The man, surnamed Lin, began blogging in January as Ruo Xiaoan, who became known as “China’s most educated prostitute”. Quite fittingly, Lin’s first post as Ruo began apologetically:
I am sorry I may disgust you. I am a sex worker, i.e. the prostitute that you normally call. When you leave from my body and stay with your family, please allow me to pour my depressed mood here besides work. You’re welcomed to follow me.
Posting almost every day with stories of her sexual encounters from a musing standpoint rather than a yellow one, “Ruo Xiaoan” garnered the hearts and support of over 245,000 Weibbers, who trumpeted her as a
Chinese Fanny Hill modern day Suzie Wong. Some admirers even went so far as to say her posts are of high literary quality.
With such introspective writing, we admit it’s hard not to get caught up in the web of interest:
I know am a prostitute, but I am always eager to meet someone to love. Some clients joke about marrying me, but I know that my image can never change. Autumn is harvest season, let me fall into the earth like a leaf.
Night is deepening, the client has gone, a single man . . . It’s a pity that it was only for a short time, not even a full night, he belonged to me. His cigarettes tasted sweet. The rain is heavy outside. I wonder if he will remember me when he gets home?
The reason for the mature and stylistic writing is partially related to the fact that the imposter, Lin, works as the chief editor of a cultural media corporation, but primarily due to Lin blatantly plagiarizing excerpts of Western novels and then translating them into Chinese.
Police cracked down on the blog after “Xiaoan” posted a list of her favorite customers, which included a sampling of celebrities and well known figures around Hangzhou. Using cellphone triangulation, the police reportedly busted in on Lin, while he was in the act of writing another post. One can just imagine the Chinese Sherlock Holmes bursting through the door shouting “A-ha!” with glee, as a horrified Lin realizes his game is up.
So what’s the penalty for pretending to be a prostitute? A 500RMB fine for “cheating the public with fabricated facts” and “disrupting social order.” What did Lin cheat the public out of? Probably their hopes and dreams of meeting this fantasy girl in a hotel and having sensational conversation.