‘Female slavery’

China shuts down ‘female morality class’ that taught women to ‘do more housework and shut their mouths’

Chinese women hold plastic babies as they prepare for a class photo at a course to train to be qualified nannies, known in China as ayis, at the Ayi University on October 28, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Chinese authorities in the city of Fushun have shut down a “female morality class” that taught women to be quiet, do more housework, and resign themselves to a passive role in society.

As Agence France-Presse reports, the class came to the attention of authorities after a video of one of the sessions went viral. The clip shows an instructor telling students to “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,” and opined that ordering take-out instead of cooking violated “rules for women.”

Chinese schools sometimes offer so-called “female morality classes,” which typically focus on promoting traditional culture through the teaching of Confucian principles, calligraphy, and martial arts. The class in Fushun, however, strayed beyond that curriculum.

“This is female slavery, not female morality,” one person wrote on Weibo, China’s Twitter-esque social media platform.

Education authorities said the class in Fushun had been launched by the Fushun Traditional Cultural Research Association without proper authorization and would be shuttered immediately.

Read the full story at Agence France-Presse.

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