Li Yinhe: Accomplished Men Advocate Gender Equality

December 30, 2013
Editor: Leo Yin

Li Yinhe: Accomplished Men Advocate Gender Equality
Prominent sociologist and sexologist Li Yinhe puts forward her views on gender equality. [163.com]
"It is good that the Women Media Awards 2013 highlighted gender equality," said prominent sociologist and sexologist Li Yinhe in an interview with NetEase at the Women Media Awards 2013 held in Beijing on December 9, 2013.

The theme of the awards this year was gender equality. NetEase is a Chinese Internet company that operates 163.com, a popular web portal.

The Women Media Awards is the first charity award promoting gender equality and women's growth in China.

"The goal of the Women's Liberation Movement is gender equality. We should publicize the notion and combat the view that men are superior to women," Li said.

Li once supported a special campaign initiated by women college students from Beijing Foreign Studies University. To publicize a one-act-play on feminism adapted from Eve Ensler's episodic play The Vagina Monologues, they released items online putting forward women's views on sexuality.

"Since our country has been male dominated for a long time, women's rights, especially sexual rights, are usually ignored. These young women are brave to advocate their rights," Li said.

Taking about women's efforts to make a change, Li said women should first realize they are independent and not inferior in any field to men. For example, the ratio of women college students in China has risen to 51 percent, according to new statistics. But higher scores are required for enrollment of women in some professions in universities for gender balance.

When asked men should join in join activities on gender equality, Li said that accomplished men usually advocated feminism and supported gender equality. "We also have to raise some men's awareness and make them know that gender equality is a basic state policy for China and that women should be respected, and not looked down upon."

"I hope women can act for themselves to improve gender equality, have their own careers and ideals, and dismiss the thought of profiting by men's toil," Li said.

(Source: news163.com/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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