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Netizens Blast Guangzhou Miss Asia Contestants in Ugly Online Comments

Posted: 08/8/2014 5:00 pm

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When women enter beauty pageants, they are essentially putting their bodies out there for judges to render their verdict. But some might not be aware the judging doesn’t stop at the official judges table.

Netizens have ganged up on contestants for the Miss Asia pageant in Guangzhou, with many ugly comments circulating online. So many people have taken part in the bashing that it’s become a trending topic on Sina Weibo.

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Here are some of the comments about the photographs (placed here in no particular order unless a contestant’s number is specifically mentioned):

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Each one is scary. [sweat.emo]

Unemployed workers in Dongguan changing careers and looking to become the new Miss Asia?

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Is it just me who lingered on #2 for a while, and then quickly browsed through the rest?

Contestant #2 is alright.miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

(Allow me to bring up the) crackdown on Dongguan. So, what do you guys want to do: still want to continue looking, or not?

These are all without make-up, right? Sooo beautiful. [cool.emo]miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Husband, based upon the the quality seen here, you’re able to marry a champion and bring her back home.

Who was it that tricked me by saying beauty pageant contestants all have hot figures?

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I couldn’t help myself from clicking on the picture, and now I strongly suggest other users to never ever do the same. [sick.emo]

Who was it that said that Chinese men aren’t good looking?miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Guangzhou has lots of beautiful girls, its just that none of them are interested in participating in a beauty pageant.

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This is the last stop for my cheap hand. (Meaning that since the hand is cheap, it has clicked on something a non-cheap hand wouldn’t have.)

All I can say is that they are very ugly.miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Would a true beauty have to lower herself to participate in something like this?

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They look like men.

They’re fat. It’s clear that they aren’t in the habit of exercising.miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model


They’re ladyboys.

And so, it seems like the most empowering thing about putting on a swimsuit and having your picture published online in China is to become a subject for complaints.

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Photos: Weibo (2, 3)


Bathroom Building Boom Begins for Women in Shenzhen

Posted: 08/1/2014 10:30 am

wc female bathroomShenzhen ladies: even if you are without pink parking spots or pink holidays, your city wants you to know that they support equality for women when it comes to bathroom use. That means more bathrooms for women are on the way.

The Urban Planning Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen has announced it will be increasing public bathroom services for women throughout the city in a new regulation to go into effect on August 1 that will see two or three new female bathrooms built for every one for males, reports China Daily. The new regulations will make a greater number of women’s bathrooms mandatory for any new buildings built for the next three years.

READ: Women in Guangzhou Want More Toilets, Occupy the Men’s Loo

An online poll conducted by SZnews showed that 93% of respondents support the new regulations, while 92% pointed out that existing facilities need to be renovated in order to meet expectations.

Some men expressed dissatisfaction with the new regulation, suggesting that unisex toilets should be built instead.

It is not known if similar steps will be taken in neighboring Dongguan, which is currently experiencing a gender imbalance of 118 men for every 100 women according to 2010 census figures. Data from 2000 showed that Dongguan was once full of female residents when there were 89 men for every 100 women.


Photos: life.zdface


“Pink Holidays” Proposed Each Month in China For Menstruating Women

Posted: 07/2/2014 12:49 pm
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This is not the model advocating “pink holidays” at Sun Yat-sen University.

Women have been fighting to achieve equality for a long time in China. Now, with the help of a campaign at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Chinese women may finally get what they’ve always wanted: days off from work every month in order to recover from their menstrual cycle.

Colloquially known as a “pink holiday”, the concept was the brainchild of nine MBA students who were discussing the special needs of women workers when the issue of a woman’s period came up. The group concluded that “it would be best to let (women) recover at home”.

READ: Check Out this Pink, Extra-Wide “Women’s Only” Parking Spot in Dalian

To raise awareness for the campaign, the students organized an activity on the university campus in which inspiring phrases, such as these, were written on male models:

Women are like flowers, please cherish and take care of them.

The petition did not examine whether women’s salaries should reflect their increased time off, or how it could lead to discrimination.

READ: Sexist Guangdong Official Puts Foot In Mouth, Leaves It There

If “pink holidays” ever become law in China, we imagine the famous saying would have to be amended to “holding up half the sky—except when she’s on her period”.



Check Out This Pink, Extra-Wide “Women’s Only” Parking Spot in Dalian

Posted: 06/27/2014 12:55 pm

women drivers priority parking dalianDalian has become one of the first cities in China to roll out pink, extra-wide parking spots designated for female drivers only. The parking space at a downtown Dalian mall is demarcated with a bright pink border and a label that says, “Priority Use for Women Drivers”.

As noted by a reporter, the special “women’s only” parking space is also conveniently located near the entrance of the mall for added convenience.

Whether this is utterly sexist or completely sweet is a debate we’ll leave to you. But one female visitor in Dalian said, “The people of Dalian are really romantic!”

Driver Miss Liu also expressed her gratitude:

Having this kind of spot available has made it so much more convenient. Not only is it easier to park, it saves me time to when trying to find a spot.

Yang Xiangdong, manager of the shopping mall, said the spots are not discriminatory against women:

The main position of this mall is to provide service to women. As well, here we have a children’s amusement center that many of our female clients use.

Reaction on Weibo has been mixed, with comments with accusations of sexism and others that welcome concessions for the “fairer sex”.

You don’t even have the skill (to drive properly), and yet you have the gall to ask others to give you priority benefits

This will be the future scene of a massacre

Is this for real? Don’t disrespect your female compatriots.

This is done with loving sentiment. Shenzhen, hurry up and do the same. [heart.emo]

There shouldn’t be any difference between a male and female driver! For our safety! The loving considerations of society should not be making concession that have anything to do with public safety.

Does this concede that there is a lack of skill (for women drivers)?

Photo: Yangtse


Guangdong Official Puts Foot In Mouth, Leaves It There

Posted: 05/14/2014 8:00 am

Nearly four months after a Guangdong government official made a sexist comparison of female PhDs to the shelf life of perishable products, neither the official nor the local CPPCC are showing any remorse.

On January 16 at a panel discussion hosted by the Guangdong Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a political advisory body to the government,  a CPPCC member named Luo Biliang said: “If female PhDs did not try to find a husband, it would be quite serious.”

To better illustrate his point, Luo made a comparison. “A woman is a product,” Luo said, “Having tried for more than 20 years to sell yourself, one has failed to strike a deal.”

Luo’s selfless sharing of his wisdom did not stop there. Luo continued by saying, “From a relationship perspective, getting a doctoral degree does not help add value (to a woman); instead, it’s a devaluation.”

CPPCC member Luo Zhiliang (Photo credit:

It’s not surprising Luo’s tawdry, sexist comments have sparked outcries from women PhD holders and women’s rights groups in the country. After all, CPPCC members are trained to make outrageous comments at the annual two sessions, and the public has developed a certain threshold for their absurdities (some of them can be found here in this WSJ article). Nonetheless, a womens’ studies center at South China Normal University and several womens’ rights organisations held press conferences denouncing Luo’s comments as well as citing gender equality-related articles from the country’s constitution and other international regulations. They have also contributed to an angry petition sent to the Guangdong CPPCC.

But what’s surprising here is neither the provincial CPPCC nor Luo have expressed any apology over the comments, and have defined the whole incident as a “misunderstanding,” subtly hinting that the women are making a big fuss over it.

Four months later on May 8, the women’s studies center received a delayed written reply from the CPPCC. The provincial CPPCC said it has reminded Luo to be more aware of the occasions when he makes comments to “avoid making unnecessary misunderstanding,” Guangzhou Daily reported on May 13.

photo credit: Sohu

The CPPCC made a point in the letter by reiterating that the whole incident was a “misunderstanding” and called for an adherence of the “Three Don’ts” policy, namely: “Don’t use a big stick, don’t label people, and don’t pick on others’ faults”, Communist jargon that advocates for greater tolerance.

Luo, on the other hand, was much more resolute in his response. Back in January, he defended himself and told the public that nothing he said was wrong. In fact, he said his comments were made on the theory of the “marriage market”, something that ordinary minds like the female PhDs were obviously too slow to understand. Let’s not forget that Luo is the dean of the Economics and Management Department at the South China Agricultural University in Guangdong, and he certainly did not miss any chance to show off his advanced economics intelligence at any occasion.

Perhaps, it is the people who are angry about the reaction from Luo and the provincial department who should be sorry: sorry for having too many expectations from CPPCC officials; sorry for being too concerned about the country’s gender equality; and sorry for not showing “greater tolerance” over a sexist comment.

Home page photo credit: Sohu


Study: Guangdong women’s income just 60pct of what men earn

Posted: 03/8/2012 4:32 pm

In the PRD, where, to put it plainly, tradition values boys above girls, women still hold up far less than half the sky.

This year, the All-China Women’s Federation teamed up with the Guangdong Statistics Bureau on March 1 to jointly publish the results of research into the contemporary social status of women, results which show that women are generally situated within a lower employment structure, leave the labor market earlier, and earn 40% less than men do.

Happy Women’s Day, ladies.

Education Level

The research shows that women’s education levels continue to rise, and that the younger of those surveyed enjoyed incrementally more equal employment opportunities.

One surprising result was that the portion of Guangdong women under 30 with a college degree or above has reached 32.9%, 2.3 percentage points more than that of men. Moreover, 10.9% of females possess professional or technical qualifications recognized by government, 2.4 times higher than the same figure in 2000.

Women have also become more aware of the importance of lifelong learning, as 46.8% of those who obtained post-secondary education credentials choose to pursue and acquire a higher degree through continuing education.

Political Status

However, while women have become more active and participate more in the workplace, they still face huge barriers preventing them from becoming decision-makers or part of management structures at work. The research suggests that the percentage of women in a management or leadership position remains at an abysmally low 12.4%.

Financial Position

Although shrinking, the income gap between genders has women earning an annual average income of 17,516 RMB, just over three times what women earned a decade ago but 60% of what men currently earn. The average PRD woman also owns less family property than the average man, with the percentage of women who own real estate at just 38.2%.


Young Guangzhou women take back the toilet

Posted: 02/23/2012 11:54 am

The rights and needs of women are once again set to regain some attention as Women’s Day approaches.

Last Sunday morning in Guangzhou, February 19, several female college students launched “Occupy the Men’s Room”, an act of performance art which involved queuing outside the men’s side of a public restroom near Yuexiu Park in an attempt to draw people’s attention to the imbalance in number of toilet cubicles between men and women.

The movement calls upon the government to provide women with more cubicles in public toilets.

Gathered around, the students, all in their early twenties, held placards reading “Care For Women, Starting from Toilets” and asked approaching men to consider waiting a few extra minutes while women finished up on the men’s side.

The organizer of the toilet takeover is Li, a college student in Xi’an who hails from Beijing. Interviewed by Southern Metropolis Daily, Li explained that it’s commonplace to see women in a long queue outside public toilets and often no one outside the entrance to the men’s room. The idea for “Occupy the Men’s Room” came about after she found many young women in Guangzhou who shared the same grievance.

According to Zheng Churan, one of the volunteers and a senior university student in Guangzhou, choosing a location and rounding up volunteers took only a week.

She says public washrooms for men often have the same number or more of squat holes than a women’s room will have of urinal drains. Moreover, due to biological differences, it takes women longer than men to wrap up and exit, further aggravating the inequality.

The volunteers also distributed flyers writing “A letter to Male Fellows” to explain difficulties that women have using toilets and the purpose of their movement.

In a letter distributed by participants to men passing by, the women called upon the government to draft a law to increase the ratio between men and women’s toilet spaces to at least 1:2.

Interestingly, they also appeal for unisex toilets in public spaces such as shopping malls, hospitals, parks and train stations.

After an hour of occupation, most men who stuck waiting outside the toilet showed their understanding and support.

Two days later, Guangzhou’s chengguan announced that
future public washroom facilities built in the city will maintain a 1:1.5 ratio of toilets in men’s and women’s rooms.

Li said she will continue to this work of performance art in other cities, and the next stop is Beijing.

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