This post was edited by StellaSong at 2016-3-8 13:31|
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)