9:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Past Event

Women, sexuality, and social change in China

Friday, April 03, 2015

9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

The era of market reform has created a burgeoning Chinese middle class that craves not only increased consumption of goods and the freedom of self-expression, but also liberty over sexual life. At the same time, women have strengthened their call for the rights and representation to accompany the responsibility of “holding up half the sky.” As a result of this aroused social consciousness, feminist thought in universities is widespread, diverse sexual lifestyles are being discussed publically, awareness of sexually-transmitted diseases is growing, and measures to protect women from domestic violence are being strengthened. While these trends point to an improved environment for women and LGBT individuals, much work remains to be done in the policy and legal arenas to challenge long-standing discrimination policies and to ensure that these groups receive protection under the law.


Please note these presentations contain frank discussions of sexuality and sexual health.

– Leta Hong Fincher, “Leftover Women

– Yuxin Pei, “Everyone does it but no one talks about it

– Wang Zheng, “On Anti-Sexual Harassment Activism

– Guo Xiaofei, “The Silent Change


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Promoting public awareness of gender and sexuality issues

Protecting the legal rights of women and LGBT populations