Is Chinese feminism losing momentum? Lǚ Pín 吕频, a leading feminist activist and thought leader for over 20 years who is currently based in the U.S., thinks so. Today, in honor of International Women’s Day — and exactly one year after the government shut down Lü’s influential Feminist Voices (女权之声 nǚquán zhī shēng) communications platform — SupChina published an exclusive interview with Lü. A key passage:
No one can foresee the future of Chinese feminism at this point. The movement is clearly losing momentum, though some people refuse to admit it. We’ve passed the pinnacle of the #MeToo movement, where Chinese feminists achieved unprecedented success. The #MeToo movement brought the public’s interest in Chinese feminism to an unprecedented peak, but the buzz is gone and the energy has been exhausted. While people are still talking about women’s issues on the Chinese internet, I don’t know how soon the next wave of collective activism will take place.