Comparison and Analysis of Feminism in China and the West: A Case Study of the 1950s

Author

Xiaopei Wang * 1

1 The National University of Singapore, History Department

Corresponding Author

Xiaopei Wang

Keywords

Socialist feminism, Radical feminism, Feminism, State feminism, Social constructionism

Abstract

1950 is a very special period for the development of feminism in both China and the West. The People’s Republic of China was just established and the West was experiencing the second wave of feminist. However, the feminism in these two areas developed in different ways, that Chinses feminism is the “state feminism” while the West is “liberal feminism”. This kind of difference results from the different social environment, especially the political policy in China and the West. The Communist Party of China took feminism as a tool to consolidate socialist construction, so it launched the feminist movement from top to bottom. The second feminism in the West is a bottom-up movement for women to fight for their own rights and interests, and they use magazines and other mass media as a means of struggle. By comparing the difference of the feminism in China and the West, the flaws of these two kinds of development of feminism could also be shown.

Citation

Xiaopei Wang. Comparison and Analysis of Feminism in China and the West: A Case Study of the 1950s. CHR (2021) CHR ICEIPI 2021: 111-115. DOI: 10.54254/chr.iceipi.2021246.

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