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Years ago, the purpose of Girls' Day was simple. On March 7, the university boys would celebrate their female classmates by buying every girl breakfast or giving them flowers.

I thought it was a nice gesture. But a few years later, what it represents has changed.

When the event was merely a celebration on campus, it was inspiring. We all know that it's more challenging for women to gain admittance into college, especially in some male-dominated majors. So, Girls' Day was an opportunity for college boys and girls to express good will toward each other and bring the issue to public attention.

But now it has become an opportunity for online and offline shops to promote their products under the guise of "Girls' Day specials."

And what's worse, banners which read, "You are pretty, sexy, good in bed and not clingy","since knowing you, I don't need adult videos anymore" and "Mother told me that a good wife is just like you" are being put up on campuses. Maybe they think they are witty, but it's just bald sexual harassment, and reinforces male stereotypes of what makes a desirable wife.

Some women would argue that inside every woman is a little princess who wants to be cherished and spoiled.

Fine, it's your choice. However, it becomes disturbing when it's prevalent. Chauvinism and commercialism could take hold.

In contrast, International Women's Day celebrates women's economic, political and social achievements.

It's an important occasion worldwide, especially in China where the traditional notion of men being superior to women runs deep. It raises political and social awareness of the struggles of women in areas of education, equal pay, sexual harassment, and other important issues.

Compared to Women's Day, what Girls' Day delivers is quite paltry. While Western women are embracing independence and maturity, I don't get why so many Chinese women want to remain spoiled girls.

I admit that compared to the word "girl," funü, meaning women in Chinese, carries negative connotations, such as being mature in age, being wives and mothers. But the solution should be to try to embrace the word with an open mind and not run from it.


The article is published on the Global times website, the author is Lorraine Lu)


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Post time 2016-3-8 13:48:56 |Display all floors
It is not an important date in Canada. I also think this women's day is very sexist.
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I believe my previous blogs on CD make my views clear on the subject of women in China and the latest one on "The Cheating Game". In the west businesses invent special days for everything in order to create products to sell; mothering sunday, a Christian festival , has become mothers day, fathers day, grand-mothers day, pets day..... any day to encourage customers to buy gifts and greeting cards.  It is another form of cheating.
As for women in China; many are breaking tradition despite pressure from parents and gossip, to pursue a career and a life rather than marry and have a child before 30.  Yet still most women here seem infatuated by what they look like, are they beautiful.. constant selfies. Their attitude to men seems to remain in a girly fantasy dream world.  Even the media panders to this, with articles about beautiful women soldiers and the most beautiful students...... rather than their skills and abilities. I do not see articles about the most handsome men in these fields?  I love beautiful women but I do not like what the media or businesses do concerning them.
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TedM Post time: 2016-3-9 08:43
I believe my previous blogs on CD make my views clear on the subject of women in China and the lates ...

Do you remember the article about the most handsome policeman? And what about the campaign to draw more attention to military service by having ripped young men, shirtless?
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Post time 2016-3-9 09:45:29 |Display all floors
"Girl's Day" is in itself an insult: calling a young adult female a girl is pretty demeaning.
And I agree with most on this thread: if there is to be a highlight of feminine might on campus, why not highlight their strengths, rather than pander to the demeaning stereotype?
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Post time 2016-3-9 10:19:50 |Display all floors
teamkrejados Post time: 2016-3-9 09:45
"Girl's Day" is in itself an insult: calling a young adult female a girl is pretty demeaning.
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So there should be ripped young women, shirtless?

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