Five College Women's Studies Research Center

The "Supergirl" and the "City Jade Man:" Gender-Neutral Aesthetics in Contemporary China and its Challenges for Transnational Feminism

On Friday, October 28 at 1:00pm, Sumiao Li, Five College Women's Studies Research Associate from the New York Institute of Technology, will give a talk entitled “The ‘Supergirl’ and the ‘City Jade Man:’ Gender-Neutral Aesthetics in Contemporary China and its Challenges for Transnational Feminism.” This presentation investigates the emergence of new fashion-driven gender models in contemporary China: the “supergirl” and the “city jade” man. Sharing the gender-neutral aesthetics fashionable in recent decades, these two models present much about contemporary Chinese culture and society. Exploring why and how these figures have arisen out of the post-Mao de-politicization of gender issues, Li argues for the centrality of global fashion in shaping personal and group identities and discusses challenges the new formations pose for transnational feminist practice. (Li Flyer)