Pregnancy, China, Privacy, er, boom.

Though little noted outside of China, pregnancy and contraception have been among the most commented upon topics on Chinese microblogs and newspaper editorial pages over the last month. The thread was kicked-off by a CCTV report on the anti-radiation clothes that many Chinese women wear during pregnancy, and hit a feverish pitch shortly after Fuzhou announced that it would require real name registration for women seeking to buy emergency contraception. Both stories are important in themselves, but also for what they tell us about the evolving social contract between the Chinese and their government, and – in the latter case – the expanding understanding of a privacy right in China. My commentaries, both for Bloomberg View, are here:

If you prefer your Bloomberg View with a bit less China in it, allow me to recommend Virginia Postrel’s tremendous “How Art History Majors Power the US Economy.” As a gainfully self-employed philosophy major, I appreciate the sentiment.