Yu Zhengxie

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Yu Zhengxie
other names
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Yu Zhengxie in Portraits of Qing Dynasty Scholars (vol. 2, 1953; reprint ed., 2001)
Born 1775 (1775) (242 years ago)
Yi County, Anhui
Died 1840 (aged 64–65)
Jinling, Jiangsu
Nationality  China
Other names Courtesy name: Li Chu (理初)

Yu Zhengxie (1775–1840) was a Chinese male feminist[1] of the Qing Dynasty. He was a noted critic of foot binding, female infanticide, widow suicide, widow chastity,[2] and the double standard. A skilled philologist, Yü researched the history of language, which influenced his views on women. According to his interpretation, the Han historical texts supported an egalitarian view of marriage.


  1. ^ Li, Chenyang (2000). The Sage and the Second Sex: Confucianism, Ethics, and Gender. Open Court. p. 195 Note 99. 
  2. ^ Lu, Weijing (2008). True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China. Stanford University Press. p. 116. 

See also[edit]

  • Brownell, Susan and Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N. (2002). Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-22116-8
  • Ko, Dorothy (1995) Teachers of the Inner Chambers: Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2359-1 [1]
  • Zhengxie, Yu. (1833). "Jealousy is not a wicked behavior for a woman". Shanghai:Shangwu, reprint. ISBN 9787538259100