Antonia Finnane’s new book1 on modern Chinese fashion is very good in all sorts of ways, but I was struck by a couple of cartoons by Guo Jianying. The first is rather funny, and centers around the husband as a consumer good.
The second is more purely misogynist
Guo was a pretty important figure, editor of the Woman’s Pictorial. He also seems to have not much cared for women, or perhaps had a specific dislike for women as part of a general dislike of humanity. I find it sort of interesting that he seems to be reproducing Western criticism of “uppity” women almost exactly. One part of making China modern was importing modern concepts about gender roles, and here Guo has imported a pretty western version of sexism.
Finnane, Antonia. Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation. Columbia University Press, 2007. ↩