by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Chinese authorities have shut down a "female morality class" that provoked anger by lecturing women to shut up, accept a second-rate role in society and focus on housework, state media reported Monday.
In viral video that surfaced on China's internet, an instructor in the class in the northeastern province of Liaoning tells students that "women should talk less, do more housework and shut their mouths".
The teacher also said that "women should not strive to move upwards in society, but should always remain at the bottom level".
"If you order food delivery instead of cooking by yourself, you are disobeying rules for women," another instructor said.
The class was launched in the city of Fushun by the Fushun Traditional Cultural Research Association, which was established in 2011 with the approval of city authorities.
Its aim was ostensibly to reinforce Confucian values, part of a growing national embrace of traditional teachings, but video of the lectures angered many.
"This is female slavery, not female morality," wrote one angry user of China's Twitter-like Weibo platform.
Education authorities in Fushun said the class had been launched without authorisation and would be stopped immediately, the official Xinhua news agency said.
"Female morality classes" are sometimes offered at Chinese schools and teach traditional culture such as Confucian morals, calligraphy, martial arts and appreciation of classic texts.
The Fushun school had opened branches in three other Chinese cities, Xinhua said.
After coming to power in 1949, the Communist Party denounced Confucianism as a relic of China's feudal past. Its adherents -- real or imagined -- were targeted during the violent purges of the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.
But the political climate has changed radically in recent years -- President Xi Jinping readily quotes the philosopher, has included Confucian teachings in government propaganda and has been a champion of the increased study of traditional Chinese culture.
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
A Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage. Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks. The 22-year-o ... read more
China News from SinoDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|