A PROMINENT Chinese feminist and women’s rights activist has warned U.S. president-elect Donald Trump that “feminists worldwide are speaking and they are watching him” and his “straight man cancer” – a Chinese social network term used to depict misogyny.
In a letter to Trump, Zheng Churan sought to remind Trump of the sexist remarks he has made as he prepares to take office.
She wrote: “We are far away in China and have seen news reports about your sexist behaviour.
“I hope you know that gender equality is a global topic, and that the feminist movement will not be stalled by direct male cancer. In the struggle of women’s rights activists, society will not be as straight male cancer who would like to return to men to control women, women as slaves serve men in the stage,” she continued.
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Zheng had initiated a WeChat poll in November surveying her 2,000 followers on what the definition of “straight male cancer” was to them. She says she received over 10,000 replies in a month and from those replies she selected the top 10 things that describe the behaviour.
According to her survey, the top behaviour description is when these individuals “adopt [a] double standard judging single behaviour” meaning judging those who are pregnant out of wedlock, cheating in a relationship, running for elections. Another one that topped the list was that these individuals look down that a woman’s aptitude when it comes to science and creativity. The act of condemning victims of sexual violence for “sowing the seeds by themselves” made it to the third spot on the list.
In 2015, the Chinese government detained Zheng and four other activists, collectively known as the “Gang of Five”, shortly before International Women’s Day when they were planning to execute a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation.
The five women were released over a month later under a form of conditional release that still allows charges to be brought forth later.
Trump, who is expected to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on Jan 20, 2017, has sparked a feminist revolution across social media both in the U.S. and worldwide.
According to a Gothamist article, hundreds of women of all ages in New York marched from the Trump International Hotel and Tower to Trump Tower on Monday protesting the president-elect and his administration’s position on women’s rights.
This was part of a nationwide Women and Allies Strike campaign which called on women to take collective action in cities all across the U.S.
Today, women and allies across the country are striking and protesting against Trump's hate https://t.co/B9wdeeYuAh
— The Cut (@TheCut) December 12, 2016
“I started by posting on all pages that were anti-Trump, asking for women who wanted to organize their cities… I had this vision,” Ann Massaro, who formed the campaign, told PRI Public Radio International.
In a Buzzfeed article, women from all over the world voiced their concern over the win with words like “shellshocked”, “massive setback” and “disappointed”.
“It would have been a very, very nice thing to have a woman heading the world superpower,” said Visaka Dharmadasa, founder of the Association of War-Affected Women of Sri Lanka.
“It’s a shattered dream for us,” she continued, referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who a large majority of feminists globally had hoped would win the election.
The website also quoted an Supreme Court lawyer in India, Karuna Nundy, who believes Trump is likely to be even more emboldened by the global strongmen who were elected before him.
“When Erdogan (Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) was elected, when Modi (India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi) was elected, when Sisi (Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi) was elected, there were people who said that institutions of democracy will contain them. The thing is we have seen repeatedly that that doesn’t happen very often,” she said.
“When your institutions are aligned [around one party], and… you have a kind of mandate that is pretty clear then there is no reason for you to modulate what you think you should do,” she continued.