Attracting Women Fed up with the Conservative Xi Jinping Era

A screening of the tour concert film Erase the Taylor Swift in Beijing featured women singing feminist lyrics denouncing gender inequality and teenagers dancing in sparkly dresses celebrating LGBTQ freedoms. Despite President Xi Jinping’s increasingly conservative vision on women, the film provided a rare outlet for young women rejecting social controls and the rigid expectations of the Communist Party.

The absence of Taylor Swift’s tour in China comes as the country struggles with economic challenges, including a drop in consumer confidence and a slowdown in the overall economy. However, the screening of the tour concert film in China has provided a financial boost to the industry, grossing 95 million yuan at the box office.

In China, where patriarchal traditions value male dominance, many educated Chinese women are critical of sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the labor market. The film resonated with a younger generation that is more gender-aware and has challenged these traditional views. Despite being a symbol of American society, Taylor Swift has been welcomed in China. The Shanghai stop of her 2024 tour sold out in a minute, making it the fastest ticket sales in Chinese history.

The film has been popular among Chinese feminists and has provided a rare outlet for young women who live in a nation where censorship is commonplace. Despite being restricted by government censorship laws, concerts, movies, and streaming content are regularly banned or heavily monitored. However, this screening was met with positive reviews from audiences who felt empowered by its message of equality and courage. As it continues to run during Lunar New Year celebrations across China, fans are gearing up for an epic show that makes them feel powerful and brave.

By Editor

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