“Transcending Boundaries, Making Creative Resistance: A Study on the Young Feminist Activist Group and Their Online Activism in China” presented by Lixian

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  • Panel 2: Feminist Stirrings and Social Media in Mainland China

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  • Transcending Boundaries, Making Creative Resistance: A Study on the Young Feminist Activist Group and Their Online Activism in China

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  • My talk mainly examines two important queer-feminist online activities the Young Feminist Activist Group had made in China: “Nudity against Domestic-Violence” in 2012 and “Take Feminist Five to Travel around the World” during the well-known case of Feminist Five’s Detention in 2015. I will argue that the Young Feminist Activist Group has transformed the social media, such as Weibo and Facebook, into their new stage for activism so as to challenge state-patriarchy and to conduct creative resistance that could not be realized in the offline activism in China. I will also point out that Young Feminist Activist Group’s online activism is featured with “queerness” that is de-centered, de-organized and theme-shifting with different netizens’ participation, so that such feminist activism could transcend the boundaries beyond hetero-patriarchal system and framework of either gender or sexuality, and form a widely open coalition with participants from both inside and outside the gender/sexuality movement in China for their creative resistance.

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