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Why Peng Shuai Has China’s Leaders Spooked

Cuatro años después de que el movimiento #MeToo sacudió las instituciones de poder a nivel mundial, uno de los casos con mayores repercusiones políticas hasta la fecha se está desarrollando en el sitio más improbable: China. Y, como es usual, el gobierno está tratando de silenciar la disidencia.

Sin embargo, la respuesta coreografiada del Partido Comunista de China ante las acusaciones de abuso sexual de una estrella del tenis ha resultado increíblemente contraproducente. En lugar de acabar con el escándalo, está impulsando el movimiento feminista de China y hasta podría llegar a plantear un desafío para el propio partido.

El 2 de noviembre, Peng Shuai, excampeona de Wimbledon en la categoría de dobles, acusó a un ex vice primer ministro de China, Zhang Gaoli, de agresión sexual.…  Seguir leyendo »

Why Peng Shuai Has China’s Leaders Spooked

Four years after the #MeToo movement rocked global halls of power, one of its most politically consequential cases to date is unfolding in the unlikeliest of places: China. And unsurprisingly, the government there is trying to silence the dissent.

Yet the Chinese Communist Party’s choreographed response to a tennis star’s sexual assault allegations has backfired spectacularly. Instead of squashing a scandal, it is fueling China’s feminist movement — it could ultimately pose a challenge to the party itself.

On Nov. 2, Peng Shuai, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, accused China’s former vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault. “Like an egg hitting a rock, or a moth to the flame, courting self-destruction, I’ll tell the truth about you”, she wrote in a lengthy post on Weibo, China’s popular social media platform.…  Seguir leyendo »

China Dropped Its One-Child Policy. So Why Aren’t Chinese Women Having More Babies?

In late 2015, when China eased its decades-long policy limiting most couples to having only one child, some heralded the change as a move toward greater reproductive freedom. But the government was only embarking on another grand experiment in population engineering: This time it was urging women — though only the right sort — to reproduce for China.

The authorities in Beijing seemed terrified that plummeting birthrates, an aging population and a shrinking labor force might undermine the results of years of double-digit growth rates, and threaten the political legitimacy of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (C.C.P.). So they began allowing most married couples to have two children.…  Seguir leyendo »

Lately, a stream of rosy media accounts has been telling the world to look to China as a model of gender equality in the workplace. “China Dominates List of Female Billionaires” and “Women in China: the Sky’s the Limit” are some recent examples from the international press.

But the cascade of optimistic portraits detracts from what is really happening to women in China’s fast-growing urban work force. They are losing ground fast.

The 2010 census put the percentage of working-age women in the work force at 74. The figure stacks up well against other countries such as the United States and Australia, where about 75 percent of working-age women were employed in 2010.…  Seguir leyendo »