In A Bizarre Week For News About Women In China…
What’s more compelling: women in mini-skirts as a novelty to spray water on, or a married couple that are forging an infertility certificate rather than admit they are both gay?
In what has been a bizarre week for news about women in China, Time is reporting that the Chinese theme park Merry-Land Resort is offering discounts to women wearing mini-skirts. Short dresses or hotpants are not allowed – only mini-skirts measuring 38 inches or less, and they will be measured by staff.
According to the park’s Deputy Manager Li Wenxing, since the discount was effected visitors have flocked to the park, where they are encouraged to throw water on the women. The park is overjoyed, but residents are unimpressed by the women “behaving erotically.”
Meanwhile, The Economist is reporting that an estimated 16 million straight women are married to gay men in China. Yes, you read that right. There is even a word for them – ‘tongqi’ – and they have online support groups that consistently scam them out of money. There is a solution though: Chinagayles.com matches gay men with lesbian women so they can have a straight marriage for appearances in front of their families/communities, and then continue their private lives separately.
It’s all very strange. But what’s stranger is that, while these light-hearted and frankly weird stories about women in China are published in our media, the quite frightening underlying issues that they obviously mask very rarely appear. China is well-known for its one-child policy and the consequent prevalence of sex-selective abortions, as well as for being the only country in the world where more women commit suicide than men. In light of all this, we should expect a little more seriousness from our media when it comes to reporting on women in China. In fairness to The Economist, we have seen a couple of wonderful editorials on the subject, such as this one from last year. But Time Magazine, we’re looking at you.
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Written by Abbey Lewis
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