An event that would have caused Mary Wollstonecraft to turn in her grave recently took place in Chengdu on November 27th. In a hotel 40 young women strut their stuff on a provided catwalk not to demonstrate the clothes they are wearing, but to demonstrate their skills as “workers”. In the audience 80 CEOs sit tight and ogle together at the specimen presented.
ChinaSMACK also mentions:
“Are the CEOs going to find wives or recruit employees?” “Are the CEOs choosing lovers?” … in response to this kind of recruitment method, some city residents felt it was not very reliable/appropriate, suspecting that these company CEOs were not merely coming to recruit employees.
With catwalks in this manner taking place it’s no surprise that Qin Liwen, a magazine columnist only illustrates three paths for women: that of the wealthy ‘strong woman’ that can’t find a husband, the obedient stay-at-home wife or a ‘fox’ who “drives around in a BMW but has to put up with [her husband’s] concubines”.
The military certainly didn’t help with their “talent test” placing female recruits under scrutiny as they danced and sang in 2009. Finally, an official with some semblance of a brain banned the talent show:
“I don’t think a pretty dancing queen can do much to protect the country in wartime.”
It seems public security doesn’t agree: these attributes seem to make for the perfect crime fighter, remember our police force of babes taking out one criminal at a time with their good looks and charm? Thank sweet Confucius for the brain behind the law enforcement bureau that came up with that one.
However, it is undeniable that much as changed for women over the past decade, given the right to choose their own career paths unlike their mothers. In spite of this, womens’ rights clearly have a long way to go before gender discrimination becomes a thing of the past.