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(People's Daily Online)
A lecture delivered at Jiujiang University in Jiangxi province has been showered withcriticism after its thesis - that a woman's best dowry is her chastity - became public.
Ding Xuan, a female lecturer from the China Women’s Development Foundation, suggestedthat women are responsible for bringing luck to their husband’s family by embodyingtraditional values and virtues. Ding also shared several other controversial opinions, suchas that “wearing revealing clothing leads to sexual assault.”
Ding quoted several lines from a well-known ancient Chinese historical masterpiece,suggesting that marriage without the intervention of matchmakers will bring shame onone's ancestors.
The controversial speech quickly went viral after an audience member posted severalphotos of Ding's lecture slides online. As of press time, the hashtag“GirlsBestDowryIsChastity” had garnered over 89 million page views. Many netizens andscholars denounced the lecturer's views, accusing her of misusing classics and preachingoutdated norms.
“The lines Ding quoted from [the history book] were taken completely out of context.According to the original story, a woman marries her beloved king without her father’sconsent, which causes her father to disown her. Instead of hating her father, the womankeeps treating him with respect. The story is about love and piety, not criticizing womenfor freedom of marriage,” Douzi, a well-known internet historian, wrote on Zhihu, aChinese Q&A website.
Mainstream media outlets, including China Women’s News and Guangming Daily, alsocriticized Ding’s remarks, noting that intellectuals and public figures should not advocateoutdated values in today's increasingly open and diverse society.
In response to the controversy, Ding insisted that girls should be chaste, adding that theremarks she made are based on her own experience.
“I think the audience misinterpreted my opinion ... my grandmother and mother taughtme these beliefs, and I’ve passed them on to my daughter. I apologize if the public feelsunhappy about my remarks,” Ding said.