Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
Attracting Women Fed up with the Conservative Xi Jinping Era

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

China’s leader has urged women to focus on childbirth and a more domestic role, but many educated Chinese women are critical of sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the labor market. The film, featuring Taylor Swift, resonated with a younger generation in China that is patriarchal and traditionally values male dominance.

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

Taylor Swift has been welcomed in China despite being an American symbol. The Shanghai stop of her 2024 tour sold out in minutes, making it the fastest ticket sales ever recorded. Chinese audiences have expressed that attending shows during Lunar New Year holiday makes them feel powerful and brave. The program has been a huge success among fans across China who see it as providing an empowering message for young women who want to challenge societal norms.

By Editor

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