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Peaceful Protest = Scantily Clad in China

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Ok, maybe not all of the time but I’m noticing a trend: when some young Chinese want to raise awareness for a cause, they tend to take off their clothes.  Seriously.

First I read about a pantless demonstration to save the environment on a Guangzhou subaway, now this: bikini clad girls sweeping the streets to protest power plants.

I found this over at Go Chengdoo, one of my favorite sites for the local happenings in Chengdu area.  To quote:

The women didn’t pay any attention to the crowd that had gathered around. One woman, who declined to give her name, said, “We’re willing to suffer through this action, although it’s controversial, in order to protect the tens of thousands of people who live in buildings near the Jialing Power Station.”

The women, who are students of Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu University of Science and Engineering, and the Southwest University for Minority Nationalities, met online. The student of the Chengdu University of Science and Engineering was particularly concerned about the Jialing Power Station due to its proximity to her school. After brainstorming, they decided to stage the protest. “We couldn’t think of any better way,” they said.

Hmmm, and I had always assumed that scantily-clad girls were most effective at selling beer and cheering on sports teams.  The Chinese might be on to something here.  Sex + important social causes = lots of thought-provoking attention right?

On the other hand, does the seeming silliness of the approach also insulate it from potential consequences from the powers that be?  My hunch is that its easier to break up a controversial protest based on signs and slogans rather than one based on bikinis and babes.  Like I said, the Chinese might be on to something here.

In any case, Happy Monday.

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72 thoughts on “Peaceful Protest = Scantily Clad in China

  1. They shouldn’t have any trouble getting attention, that’s for sure. But will it be the right kind of attention? I’ve read that early Quakers would try to make a spiritual statement by parading around naked, or at least just in their underwear. But is such a move going to cause people to notice just your bare flesh, distracting them from the message you’re trying to get across? Maybe some studies should be done of protests like these–seriously.

    Food for thought. Thanks for the post!

  2. i think that’s the easier way, since it involve no cost and also easy to get attention, especially from media and through word of mouths, especially through net. It also show sign that the youngster china girls nowaday is more open and more confident about their body, might be cause by the open policy by the government. That’s the price to pay when you open to th einfluence of the west, especially through american movies. Anyway, it doesn’t cause any harm to anyone.

  3. This is fascinating, given the government’s reputation when it comes to protests in the first place. This seems like something that would be considered outlandish even in the US. Your point that it might be more difficult to break up – or at least a bigger pain in the ass – is probably spot-on.

    I’ll be living in Taiwan starting this summer, and as far as I know, clothing stays on during protests. We’ll see.

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  5. Thought-provoking, how about raising the country-men’s blood pressure, men who will never feel the pleasure of the opposite sex besides them.

    Maybe this IS an effective political tool. Thumbs up!

  6. Once again, the women of China show how lovely and intelligent they are. They chose the best way to get attention of an environmental issue that must be rectified for their health, our health, and our mother Earth’s…

  7. Intersting post! Thanks for sharing it. I too was wondering the lack of clothes t hen I realised….Students…it explains a lot….

    Happy Monday.

    Chris.

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  9. If fewer clothes gets people’s attention, then I am all for it. But the bikini babes need to remember to deliver the message, otherwise, it’s just soft porn gone political.

  10. At least these girls got themselves on the paper haha but yes, I agree, some signs would be nice indeed!

  11. Hmn. Maybe it says more about the importance of sex in our society today that it’s a political statement to wear as little as possible?

  12. Wow! A most attractive approach (;)) but rather ineffectual, I’m afraid.
    In my opinion,
    Sex + important social causes = Sex; Who cares about the causes? 😀

    On a less facetious note, as you said, by keeping things half-serious, the girls may have found a good way to avoid serious punitive action by the authorities. The thing is, although stripping down generates media attention, it makes it really hard to focus on the issues (and not the girls)!

    Here is a post I made recently on ethnic minorities and China’s Western Development Project: http://loosechanj.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/ethnic-diversity-and-chinas-great-leap-west/

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  14. It’s sad when it gets to the point that one must take off their clothes just to garner attention for a cause. But if it’s the only way, what the hay, go ahead and do it.

  15. Once again, women sadly assume that the only way they can receive the attention they crave is through portraying themselves as sex objects.

    Or maybe this really is an ingenious new way to protest, how should I know? I’m just a girl.

  16. i don’t know about thought provoking, but nudity does get attention. if nothing else, this really is a great way to rally people to a cause. sadly, i doubt it would work here in the states.

  17. lol, “normal university.” having a hard time understanding how sweeping in bikinis translates to powerplant controversy.
    i mean i guess it would be harder to break up the a group of bikini babes but then again, is anyone really paying attention to their cause or just watching the entertainment sweep by? hmm…

  18. lol, “normal university.” having a hard time understanding how sweeping in bikinis translates to powerplant controversy.
    i mean i guess it would be harder to break up the a group of bikini babes but then again, is anyone really paying attention to their cause or just watching the entertainment sweep by? hmm…

    (reposting – i put the wrong url for my website).

  19. That’s certainly one way to bring attention to your cause. Hey if bikini car wash fund raisers work, why not bikini clad social justice protesters?

  20. I’ve also noticed the increasing popularity of scantily clad women protesting. It may be silly, but hey if it gets the word out there maybe it’s worth it? Although it looks like a cold day in that picture, I’ll stick with the classic signs and home made t-shirts 🙂 Excellent blog too.

  21. It obviously worked or we wouldn’t all be commenting . Who knows if down the road, this will be the moment that made more citizens in the Jialing area become more educated about the power plant and it’s effect on them. At least they are being proactive.

    If I though for a second that walking about half naked would raise awareness about the IIW grant program, I’d be the first to go for it.

  22. Though I find this interesting, I don’t get why women feel the need to strip for their position to be heard. From Lady Godiva to Sichuan students, their points are acknowledged and maybe even discussed momentarily but soon forgotten and dismissed. I think its time for a new action plan.

    Great post!

  23. i think that’s the easier way, since it involve no cost and also easy to get attention, especially from media and through word of mouths, especially through net. It also show sign that the youngster china girls nowaday is more open and more confident about their body, might be cause by the open policy by the government. That’s the price to pay when you open to th einfluence of the west, especially through american movies. Anyway, it doesn’t cause any harm to anyone.
    approve it

  24. all i have to say is… people approach problems differently. I personally think that the broom and the masks they wear provoke some type of questioning. It’s not a simple matter where women prance around with their bikini on.

    The fact that they were only wearing their bikinis made me want to know why. I guess attention is attention but what we do with what we see is different. We may act on their cause or simply see this as a wild demonstration for something else.

  25. Maybe in China they are not used to scantily clad ladies- like we here in the west- maybe the idea is to shock them to take note….lol

  26. If the Chinese authorities are like me, this won’t work. I could never think clearly, for any purpose, with young Asian women, scantily clad, prancing around in front of me. Well, Not easily anyway. I wish more of the Asians, and females generally, here in Canada cared about important matters outside of dating and sex. Not that those aren’t important matters. But maybe I haven’t met enough beautiful, young, Asian women. I don’t know. I’m not Asian by the way.

  27. “Prostesexing”
    Well done ladies. Is there an equivalent attention grabbing male-oriented demonstration? Not sure there is. Looks like active change is up to the gals. All the best.

  28. I agree with you, Hot Pot! Sex + important social issue is a strategy that may work better than signs and board with shouting. The latter one are more less entertaining and appealing, which give more ground for break up actions : )

    Good analysis!

  29. That is China, such protests are not gonna work…it may generate some hype, but in the long run, its totally ineffective.

  30. Maybe they feel that they should be like our ancestors – cave men, they started out without clothes as well but a little cloth to cover their P.Ps ;
    they feel that this more “natural” i guessed?

  31. Hmmmm. I suppose sex does garner a lot of attention. An odd way of protesting, but effective! Haha. Thanks for the share. I like my news just like Campbell’s likes their soup: condensed 😀 (Well sometimes. Depends on the story).

  32. Mmmm.. we need more such protestors in the West.. Think of the possibilities. Embrace diversity and fight racism? Drop that bikini bottom and bend over so that a diversity of pulchritude can be studied…… lol

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