Xiao Meili

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Xiao Meili (born 1989) is a Chinese women's rights activist. She presently resides in Beijing, China.[1]

Xiao Meili
Born1989
Sichuan, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
NationalityChinese
EducationCommunication University of China
OccupationWomen's rights activist

Activism[edit]

Some of Xiao's most notable campaigns include her 2,000 km walk from Beijing to Guangzhou to raise awareness of sexual abuse in 2014, and organizing a competition on Sina Weibo for the best photo of a woman's unshaven armpit to challenge stereotypical views of female beauty in 2015.[2] [3] Xiao has stated that her activism work is funded from online personal donations.[4]

Xiao is also known for creating the "bloody wedding dress" meme in China to protest domestic violence in 2012, and has been featured in a Chinese adaptation of The Vagina Monologues.[5] Xiao also spoke out against the Chinese government's arrest of five women's rights activists just days before International Women's Day in 2015.[6] This group of women—Li Tingting (李婷婷), Wei Tingting (韦婷婷), Zheng Churan (郑楚然), Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), and Wang Man (王曼)—are commonly known as the "Feminist Five."[7]

In early 2018, Xiao participated in activism to combat sexual harassment faced by women using public transportation.[8]

Xiao cites Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex as a strong influence in shaping her activist work.

Biography[edit]

Xiao was born in the Sichuan Province in 1989.[1] She attended the Communication University of China in Beijing. Before her activism work, Xiao previously ran an online store selling clothes on Taobao.com., one of China's online trading platforms.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Changsha, Emily Rauhala /. "In China, a Young Feminist Battles Sexual Violence Step by Step". TIME.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ Tatlow, Vanessa Piao and Didi Kirsten. "In Women's Rights Battle, a Call to Underarms". Sinosphere Blog. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  3. ^ Phillips, Tom (2015-06-10). "Chinese feminists hold armpit hair photo contest". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  4. ^ a b "Xiao Meili: A Young Feminist's Journey - The blog of Women_of_China - Chinadaily Forum". blog.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  5. ^ "Xiao Meili | The Bookworm Literary Festival". bookwormfestival.com. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  6. ^ Meili, Xiao (2015-05-13). "China's Feminist Awakening". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  7. ^ "The Inspirational Backstory of China's 'Feminist Five'". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  8. ^ Marchi, Giulia (2018-03-04). "China's Women-Only Subway Cars, Where Men Rush In". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-06.