Feminism in post-Feudal China
Becoming Madame Mao, Anchee Min’s pseudo-historical account of Madame Mao Jiang Ching, the b-actress who became the communist lady-empress of China, is not a great foundation for an account of Chinese feminism, or even of a Maoist Feminist.
Madame Mao was an upwardly mobile opportunist, not a feminist. But through her defiant and aggressive clawing to the top of the socioeconomic ladder she exemplifies the struggles of being female-bodied in post-feudal china. In a world of presupposed feminine submissiveness, arranged marriages, and a role to be limited to the domestic sphere, maybe being a vengeful ‘white boned demon’ is what it took for her to get the power usually relegated to men.
Where does feminism stop and civil rights activism begin?