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China's sex problem is so great that women are now to be reeducated in scandalous courses

Equality between men and women has still not been achieved in most parts of the world. Scandals such as the recent reports of sexual abuse in Hollywood and Germany have recently rekindled the discussion about the questionable distribution of roles among women and men.

But in contrast to many countries in which many activists are now campaigning for more women's rights, one of the world's largest economic powers seems to be developing in the opposite direction. As the “Welt” reports, so-called “moral schools” have been booming in China for some time. According to activists, behind this are schools where women can take courses in order to learn supposedly correct behavior, such as how to obey men unconditionally and that one must accept sexual assault. The curriculum should also include tutoring in matters of housekeeping and adaptation to the allegedly traditional role of women in the People's Republic, it is said.

The BBC released secretly recorded images last year showing women kneeling on the floor cleaning. Other students had learned in one of the schools that one should always respond to instructions from the husband with the sentence “Yes, no problem, immediately”, reported the BBC at the time.

“Moral schools” against the free self-determination of women

According to reports, many of the course participants are not allowed to have contact with the outside world or with other students for days. The Chinese government presumably wants to counter the trend with the moral schools that more and more women in the country are opting for a more self-determined, independent life.

Although there are now better opportunities to gain higher qualifications and thus to work in science and in leading companies, management positions in the People's Republic are still largely occupied by men. In terms of wages, too, Chinese women still do significantly worse on average than men in the same employment relationships.

China's women should take care of the children again

Instead of making a career, women - under state founder Mao Tsetung, still subsidized by the state after 1949 - should now marry again and take care of the urgently needed offspring. Beijing is also likely to respond to an imbalance in society: It is estimated that there are between 30 and 40 million more men than women in China today. One in five Chinese would not find a wife in the coming years. Especially far away from the megacities, there are entire villages populated by bachelors and their parents. A fatal development from the point of view of the Communist Party, which sees the first signs of the decline of the People's Republic in a marriage and childless society. The state-decreed reflection on role models believed to have been overcome in the “moral schools” is supposed to correct this development.

It is true that the “MeToo” movement has not yet had any significant impact on China. Nevertheless, there is reason for hope, since several petitions have been circulating on the Internet for some time now, demanding the dismissal of violent university professors. “The fact that so many female students appear so brave is a sign that there is a kind of feminist awakening in China,” quotes the “Welt”, the sociologist and author Leta Hong-Fincher.

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It is quite impressive to see how the matter is politically moving and how this kind of collective engagement actually makes something.