søndag 7. november 2021

What Peng Shuai’s Story Tells Us About #MeToo in China

On November 2, in a late-night Weibo post, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai told a shocking tale of sexual assault and coercion, followed by a years-long affair with Zhang Gaoli, a former vice premier and member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee.

Peng’s disclosure of being sexually abused by Zhang is crucial. Although only the tip of the iceberg, it exposes the real life of China’s highest cadres, how their power masked their hypocrisy, and how they are excessively corrupt – things that could only have been imagined before, but are now put on the stage for all to see. Peng’s disclosure was soon deleted and censored in China. But the censorship only helps to reveal the fear of China’s top leaders, silencing voices in seconds while many people bear witness.