On the Tangshan Assault
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The recent assault on two women by a mob of men in Tangshan, sent ripples across the Chinese netisphere. Not only were many deeply repulsed by the wanton and cantankerous violence towards the women, there were also fundamental concerns raised over the state of women’s rights in the country at large. The incident was portrayed by some in the media sphere as an 'altercation' – itself an indictment of the fundamental negligence and damning nonchalance of many in relation to the egregious injustices and pain inflicted upon women. The Tangshan assault, in my view, is but the tip of an iceberg: it is a capsule that encapsulates – but by no means tells a comprehensive and robust story of – the patriarchal hegemony that persists throughout the country. ...