Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Women's Day in Chinese prisons

Before 1949, the Communists in China made a big deal of gender equality. Even through the Cultural Revolution, women often held positions of power. Now, not so much.

A bad day for women: A round-up of women’s-rights activists suggests a new fear among officials
A group of women’s-rights activists had planned to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th by handing out leaflets and stickers in several Chinese cities to draw attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment on public transport. But the authorities decided to observe the day in a different way—by detaining at least ten of the women. Five remain in custody, charged with the crime of “picking quarrels and causing trouble”…
Li Tingting (Li Maizi) protests against the misogynistic 2015 Chinese New Year Gala -http://feministing.com
The continued detention of some of the activists… suggest that security officials are growing more worried about feminist pressure-tactics… The guardians of social stability will not be comforted by the comparison being drawn by some Chinese activists between these detentions and the case of Pussy Riot…

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