A high school textbook in Heilongjiang province has stirred up controversy online for telling women that wearing revealing clothing in public is a form of sexual harassment towards men.
The textbook, Public Safety Education Handbook for High School Students, was published by the Heilongjiang Education Press. It includes one section which lists three ways in which women can sexually harass men:
- By wearing revealing clothing in public.
- By using inappropriate words or actions in public meant to excite a man’s emotions and cause his imagination to “run wild.”
- By rubbing into a man’s body or bumping into him at inappropriate times in public.
After being exposed on Tuesday by the Beijing Newsthese three points quickly sparked outrage and debate on Chinese social media with the warning about wearing revealing clothing drawing the lion’s share of the attention.
“If women wearing revealing clothing is sexual harassment then the same should be true of men. This textbook creates an awful double standard,” writes on Weibo user.
According to Btime.com, by Thursday, the Heilongjiang Education Press had apologized to readers and announced that the “inappropriate“ material had already been removed from the textbook. It’s unclear if they will now start work on a chapter about the evils of the ”Beijing bikini.”