Sunday, 11 February 2018

Rice + Bunny = #MeToo

A Chinese way to be part of the #metoo movement with a bunny and rice
The Chinese are pragmatic -- if they find something blocking their way, they'll think of another way to get around it.

Like the #MeToo campaign that's gathering momentum in the West. The latest casualties are two men who worked closely with US President Donald Trump -- staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen.

Chen Xiaowu was sacked after sexual harassment claims
In China there is greater awareness of the #MeToo movement, with many women posting their experiences, though the only big victory so far was the sacking of a Beijing university professor, Chen Xiaowu, after Luo Xixi revealed she had been sexually harassed by him 12 years earlier.

The #MeToo movement in China knows eventually there will be attempts by the censors to wipe out allegations of sexual harassment and rape in Chinese cyberspace so there is already a homonym created -- Mi Tu or 米兔, which literally means "rice bunny".

It's cute, easy to remember and emojis can be used too.

The Chinese government doesn't want the #MeToo or #mitu movement to gather too much momentum -- its patriarchal society is rife with allegations of sexual harassment and assault and it could lead to the top ranks of the leadership.

More women are speaking out in China
That would just shake the Communist Party to its core -- other than corruption.

Nevertheless it's wonderful to see women finding the courage to speak out about what happened to them as a way to process their emotions and also know they are not alone.


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