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Meet Ma Jiajia: a Chinese sex advice blogging machine and queen of all things social media. Oh, did I mention she’s also a sex toy manufacturer? Within her growing empire, you won’t find seedy objects behind a back-room curtain; instead, you’ll be delighted by whimsical pleasure-enhancers that truly look like toys. Her Powerful Sex Shop is filled to the brim with comically playful baskets of colorful toys and adorable ad images. Free of judgement ... Read More
  The photographer Lijun Liao is dating a man five years her junior, creating a personal dynamic she once thought impossible. Speaking of her girlhood in China, the artist explains, “I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor.” She still faces opposition for the age discrepancy, and her male friends often compare her role in the heterosexual relationship to that of a man. Fed ... 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. What's holding them back from making it more ... 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.    But this ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... Read More
And we think the SAT and ACT are hard.  They have nothing on China’s Gaokao exam.  Also known as the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (NCEE), the Gaokao is the sole determinant in university admission in China.  Approximately 9 million students take this test every June over the course of three days on subjects including Chinese, Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.  As Los Angeles Times journalist ... Read More
Tired of fielding questions about your enduring singleness from prying family members? Why not rent a significant other for your next family gathering, and nip those harping questions in the bud! This tactic, which might at first sound like something out of a romantic comedy, has become a viable option for women in China. Scouring the classified ads in China will yield postings for proffered male companionship...for the right price. Though sex is not an entry on ... Read More
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