It’s official, “Big Rabbit” warns US president-elect: “Hey Trump, feminists are watching you.”
The prominent Chinese feminist, Zheng Churan, nicknamed “Big Rabbit,” recently sent an open letter to Trump Tower detailing how Donald Trump’s “straight-man cancer behavior” that had been swiftly swept under the rug after his electoral college victory will not be forgotten.
Zheng later posted a photo of herself onto her Twitter account, showing her in front of a mailbox holding the letter, along with a sign reading: “Feminists are watching.”
— 大兔大兔大兔 (@allisongrabbit) 13 December 2016
“Straight-man cancer behavior” is a literal translation that essentially means “male chauvinism.” In her letter, Zheng includes the results of a poll that attempts to define the most common behavior displayed by the average sexist male.
In a WeChat post in November, Zheng surveyed her 2,000 followers, mostly female, on their definitions of “straight-man cancer.” Eventually, she received over 10,000 replies, from which she selected the top 10 symptoms that best define “patients” suffering from this form of “cancer,” SCMP reports.
She decided to include the results of the poll in her letter to the president-elect in response to his vulgar and lewd descriptions of women in the past, in particular one leaked tape from 2005 in which he was captured boasting about groping women without their consent. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump said.
Although we are far away in China, we have seen the news reports of you being constantly involved in gender discrimination and thus we want to send you the poll results showing how a male chauvinist, or straight man cancer patient (sic), would look.
Just like cancerous cells, straight-man cancer spreads everywhere damaging feminist movements and undermining social equality. It is pervasive.
In March of last year, five young vocal Chinese feminists including Zheng, were detained for more than a month after planning peaceful protests on International Women’s Day across multiple cities in an attempt to combat sexual harassment on public transportation.
The detention of the “Feminist Five” became an international story with Hillary Clinton tweeting in her support for the women.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) 7 April 2015
In recent years, the feminism movement has been growing in China. Despite the fact that Mao Zedong famously praised women for holding up “half the sky,” China has yet to approach gender equality.
Unfortunately, not everyone in China is behind the efforts of Zheng Churan and her fellow feminists. Those seeking a cheap meal in Shandong can quickly slip into a mini skirt and pop down to a local hotpot restaurant with a risque marketing technique offering 90% discounts to girls wearing a short skirt with a hem of 33 centimeters above the knee.
And yes, they do get the tape measures out.
By Seamus Gibson
Follow Shanghaiist on WeChat