Each year, the city of Yulin, China, celebrates the Summer Solstice with a festival. And it’s not a festival until we’re slaughtering and eating dogs, right? (Wrong.) While this long-standing tradition of eating dogs is fading across China, it still remains a strong part of southern China’s culture. Not only have dogs become a treat, but the festival organizers have been accused for unnecessary cruelty and torture when cooking the dogs—and organizations like the Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws in China are fighting against the festival. So is this woman, Yang Xiaoyun. Read More
Photographer Jo Farrell spent nine years working on her latest project: Documenting the last Chinese women with bound feet. The results are remarkable. Farrell says she wants the message of her project to be one of survival: “In Chinese society, it was the only way forward for women. They did it because they thought it would give them a better future, a better life.” (Often, working class girls would have their feet bound in the hopes of marrying into wealthier families.) If nothing else, these images are testaments to the strength and tenacity of these women. Read More
  Meet your new feminist crush, Xiao Meili. Xiao is a prominent women’s rights activist in China, and she has recently launched a campaign asking women to submit photos of their armpit hair online as part of a contest. “I hope to raise the issue of the ownership of female body and to dispel the belief that it is wrong for girls to keep their armpit hair,” Xiao told the Guardian. “Keeping armpit hair should not be seen as uncivilized or dirty.” Three prizewinners will be chosen from the armpit hair photos. Read More
  What is a Fire Horse Woman, you ask? In the Chinese Zodiac, each birth year is assigned an animal and an element. In fact, 2014 is the year of the horse. When the horse and the element of fire align, it is said to create the Fire Horse, also known as hinoeuma. In East Asian culture and astrology, women born in the year of the fire horse are considered unlucky and to have poor relations with men. According to gotohoroscopes.com, “a person born as a Fire Horse according to the Chinese horoscope will be extremely passionate. Read More
Okay, so I know a lot of gamers--of all genders-- who are sick and tired of seeing women sexualized in video games. Disturbingly, recent research has suggested that women are damaged by playing as over-sexualized avatars in games. So why does the industry continue to churn out female characters in barely-there outfits? Warface, an online shooter features female soldiers in skimpy, highly ineffective fighting attire. Read More
  Flight attendant jobs have a history of being empowering to young women; in the 1960s, girls took jobs as an alternative to marriage and got the chance to save money and travel the world. In the last few decades, that trend has faded in the US, and that’s not a bad thing; women now have more opportunities to pursue other jobs, and women who do choose to be flight attendants don’t have to wear sexy little outfits to work. Read More
Warning: Keep preparatory tissues at hand. This one is a tear-jerker.   On August 30th, a newborn elephant at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve in China was repeatedly stomped on by his mother. The zookeepers initially felt that this had to be an accident, and removed Zhuangzhuang (the baby elephant's proper name) from the area to tend to his wounds. However, upon returning Zhuanghzhuang to his habitat, the mother began her stomping again. The zookeepers separated the two once more in order to further assess the situation. Read More
While some Chinese women like property tycoon, Zhang Xin, are huge financial successes, many Chinese women are still undervalued and under threat, as CNN reports. According to Tsinghua University scholar Leta Hong Fincher, there has been a sudden emergence of the phrase, “leftover women.” The derogatory phrase normally refers to spoiled food, but in this case, it’s used for educated women who are still single over the age of 27. It’s repulsive and horribly degrading to have scholarly women cast out for the fact that they’re neither married nor partnered. Read More
Today in awkward slut-shamey advice, Beijing officials are telling women to shield themselves with newspapers in order to avoid sexual harassment.  The cops gave out this hot tip now because of China’s rising summer temperatures – they know that logically, people will be wearing fewer layers and shorter clothes to beat the heat. And police brains often seem to think that shorter clothes = more harassment = under a woman’s control, so lo and behold; it’s yet another case of body-policing police. Read More
In the U.S., the bride and her parents are expected to pay for the wedding, the gown, and to be in charge of the wedding arrangements.  However, in China it is the opposite. Instead, grooms are expected to pay a “bride price” – ordinarily $10,000 – often alongside purchasing an apartment and a car.  A more traditional and old-fashioned practice, these wedding standards are taking over China and redefining marital practices, affecting both Chinese men and women. Read More