An institute claiming to instruct women in “traditional Chinese values” has been shut by authorities in Liaoning province after its extraordinarily sexist teachings were exposed online.
In a video clip of one class posted by Pear Video, a female lecturer tells her students that women must subordinate themselves to their husbands by “talking less and working more.”
“Whatever my husband says, I will reply, ‘Yes, okay, right away!'” the lecturer says.
In another clip, women are taught that they should not fight if their husband hits them, that they will die if they have sex with more than three men in their lives, and that they will lose their virtue if they order take-out instead of cooking a meal for their families.
While studying at the Fushun School of Traditional Culture, women were forced to wake up at 4:30 am and work doing household chores like scrubbing floors or cooking for at least eight hours each day while being watched by instructors, according to a local news report. On the bright side, women are not made to bind their feet.
The women were often sent to the institute by husbands looking for a more “traditional” wife. Younger women were also taken to the school by their parents. One clip shows a girl tearfully apologizing to her mom and ad on stage by kowtowing. An instructor then asks her if she will continue to look at porn. The girl replies that she won’t and promises to delete the videos when she goes home as her classmates applaud.
On Sunday, the Fushun education bureau announced on Weibo that it had forced the institute to close down, adding that its teachings went against “socialist core values,” stating that it wasn’t authorized to enroll students in the first place.
The institute opened back in 2011, founded by Kang Jinsheng, an ex-con who left school at the age of 14 after stabbing his own teacher. He later joined a gang, killed a rival gang member, and was given a suspended death sentence in 1988.
Following his release from prison, he claims that he became a changed man after learning about traditional Chinese values and decided to spread the good word. According to the South China Morning Post, he also set up branches of his school in Wenzhou, Zhengzhou, and Sanya.
[Images via Pear Video]