Young Chinese #MeToo and Labor Rights Activist Has Been Missing for Weeks After Being Detained by Police

Yue Xin, a #MeToo activist in China, has been missing for more than six weeks, after she was detained by state police at the end of August over her participation in a labor rights protest. It’s a grim reminder that activists in China can—and often do—face extreme repercussions for their organizing.

Teens in Developing Nations Are More Optimistic About Their Futures Than Those in Western Europe

A new survey  by Ipsos found that teenagers in developing nations are staggeringly more optimistic about their futures than those in developed, western European nations, the Guardian reports. The study, which looked at a variety of factors including access/knowledge of politics, living conditions, women’s rights and…

Feminism As a 'Global Solidarity Movement': Leta Hong Fincher on Feminism and #MeToo in China

In 2015, a group of feminist activists in China planned to commemorate International Women’s Day by handing out stickers calling out sexual harassment on subways and buses in cities throughout the country. For several years, they had been engaging in provocative performance art—acts of consciousness-raising that…

Chinese College Course Aims to Teach Women 'Feminine Virtue'

Women at Zhen­jiang College in China are getting lessons in how to sit, dress, and properly apply makeup—or, as the Washington Post puts it, “how to be a woman in the time of President Xi Jinping.” This new class in “feminine virtue” is a response to a broader push under Xi’s presidency toward traditional gender…

Call Me By Your Name Kicked Out of the Beijing Film Festival, Likely Due to That Whole Gay Thing

Call Me By Your Name, Luca Gudagnino’s 2017 film about a romance between two young Americans in 1980s Italy, was pulled from the Beijing International Film Festival’s lineup. While neither festival spokespersons nor the film’s distributor, Sony Pictures International, have provided a reason for the film’s sudden…