Is there an orthographer in the house? Could you please explain to me
why, when reading Chinese words expressed with the Roman alphabet, one
invariably encounters what appears to be deliberate obfuscation? In
other words, what’s with all the exoticism, all the Xs and Us? Is it
not just gratuitous? I mean, you can spell these words any way you
want, theoretically. Why not spell’em the way they sound?
because of Madame Gu Xiulian, who is the president of the All-China
Women’s Federation. Say that word "Xiulian" three times fast. If you
Madame Gu is on my mind because this morning I read an article in the World Peace Herald (a sister publication of the Washington Times,
just so you know) about her recent press junket. She is going around
extolling the virtues of China’s new "vigorous measures to promote
gender equality." Apparently the Chinese government now thinks women
are the bee’s knees, so you know what they’re gonna do? They’re gonna
"[build] sound organizational structures and [reinforce] operational
Madame Gu is rah-rah about
women’s lib. When asked about certain social obstacles to granting
Chinese women the right to exist, she agrees a few problems may linger,
and speaks of "correcting the thinking" of the masses.
soon-to-be-corrected thinking of the masses to whom Madame Gu alludes
runs along the lines of "chicks are shit." This attitude results in
female fetuses being aborted left and right. Lucky fetuses. Because,
like everywhere else in the world, Chinese women are getting the shit
kicked out of them on a regular basis by their douchebag husbands.
Unlike everywhere else in the world, however, Chinese women have
Confucius, known in China by his superhero name "Kong
the Master," is adamant on the subject of domestic violence: "Suck it
up, girls!" is his motto. But many of the girls cannot suck it up. In
fact, every year over a million Chinese women find their worthless
lives so intolerable that they attempt suicide. Thirty out of 100,000
succeed. They do it by drinking pesticide. It’s quite the fad.
China is the only place on earth where women are snuffing it at a higher rate than men. I blame the patriarchy.
[Cross-posted at Bitch.Ph.D ]