In 1968, Chairman Mao Zedong famously declared that Chinese women ought to “hold up half the sky.” Yet in 2015, the government detained China’s “feminist five” for planning to distribute anti-sexual harassment materials in public. Two years later, Beijing is still nervous about gender activism. In May 2017, Guangzhou police searched the houses of feminists who they suspected were printing clothing with slogans against sexual harassment.
Gender has become a politically sensitive word in China.
Why would a party that liberated women be threatened by a handful of 20-year-olds who champion the very rights that the government espouses?
My student and I went to China to find out.… Seguir leyendo »