I really wonder if everyone in China looks at her and thinks yeah, weird, but doesn’t look like a prostitute. She seems to indicate that only westerners get a rise out of her appearance? She posted albums where she’s walking around Shenzhen and “nobody cares”. I find this so incredibly hard to believe, as if sexism were over. I’m sure most people are merely just politely looking away? Isn’t she going to feel some sort of societal ostracism in any way?
I just can’t believe that China is the feminist utopia we should be striving for, where a woman can modify her appearance like that just for fun, without any societal pressure to do so, and walk around completely free of all judgement. It seems way too incredible.
It’s possible that sexism in China takes different forms than slut-shaming (like compulsory sexuality and glass ceilings); it could be that body modifications to improve appearance are explicitly encouraged, and that women who do not engage are shamed (not exactly prude-shaming or ugly-shaming, but similar).
There are plenty of ways for the culture to be vastly different and lack slut-shaming without being a feminist utopia.
I think this is more like it. After all, China’s Missing Women indicates a different kind of problem.
I for one would like to take her at her word.
Some day, one hopes, sexism may well be over and part of that will be giving up on trying to explain away lived experiences.
After looking at her 360 video, I think what’s going on here is a bit of an internet misunderstanding.
She posts on Reddit and online she gets a lot of reactions, many of them negative and name-calling. I don’t know if this happens to her on the Chinese internet or not. Online, though, people tend to voice and say a lot of things that they would be more quiet about in person.
Now look at the reaction she gets in person where she’s walking around. Most people ignore her but some do stare at her, as you can see in that 360 video, both men and women (cool thing, these 360 videos, btw). That’s more or less is equal to the response I would expect she would get around a big city like here in Montréal, except maybe with more cat-calling from men. (Catcalling is reportedly rare in China and East Asia? Wow.) I expect that in a more rural area both in China and in America (América), she might get more of a reaction?
She acknowledges that she changed her appearance to get a reaction. What I think is the internet misunderstanding is that she’s expecting to get an angry reaction if she walks around like that in the West, because she gets angry reactions online. She might get anger in some places, and she’ll certainly get street harassment, but I doubt in most large urban centres most people would do much more than discreetly stare.