China’s Feminist Five — a group of women’s rights activists who have been prosecuted by the country for their activism — might offer inspiration for how feminists in the United States could challenge Donald Trump, according to Leta Hong Fincher, the author of a book on the movement. She offers the example of LQBTQ activist, and one of the Five, Wei Tingting, who was arrested and detained in 2015 for handing out stickers about sexual harassment on public transport. All five activists have at various times been subjected to severe psychological and even physical abuse in detention, but have found “inspiration in solidarity and are more energised than ever before in their struggle for equality and social justice,” Fincher writes. She argues that women in the U.S. – after electing a president who has bragged about sexual assault and an anti-abortion vice-president – should not lose hope, but start forming coalitions with “other persecuted groups such as Muslims and LGBTQ communities,” and use their collective rage for nonviolent protest and other forms of peaceful resistance. “Let us build a stronger, more inclusive, global feminist movement,” she asks. “Let us forge deeper bonds in solidarity with our sisters around the world, who are all fighting in different ways against a common enemy: patriarchy.”
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