Magazine withdraws top Chinese women list featuring Li Jinglei and Du Meizhu after backlash

Magazine withdraws top Chinese women list featuring Li Jinglei and Du Meizhu after backlash

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18/1/2022 3:17:00 PM

Magazine withdraws top Chinese women list featuring Li Jinglei and Du Meizhu after backlash

When do we celebrate women for speaking out against toxic male behaviours and when do we not? That seems to be the question of the day after New Weekly, a Chinese culture magazine, pulled their 2021 list of Top 10 Chinese Women after backlash from netizens. And, what ruffled their feathers was reportedly the fact that the publication included Wang...

Instagram/Li Jinglei, WeiboWhen do we celebrate women for speaking out against toxic male behaviours and when do we not?That seems to be the question of the day after New Weekly, a Chinese culture magazine, pulled their 2021 list of Top 10 Chinese Women

after backlash from netizens.And, what ruffled their feathers was reportedly the fact that the publication included Wang Leehom's ex-wife Li Jinglei and influencer Du Meizhu on the list.Jinglei, 35, made headlines after awith her former singer husband where she alleged, in a nine-page post, that he was unfaithful, solicited prostitutes and verbally bullied her during their marriage.

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Li Jinglei (left) and Du Meizhu's inclusion on New Weekly's 2021 Top 10 Chinese Women angered netizens. Instagram/Li Jinglei, Weibo When do we celebrate women for speaking out against toxic male behaviours and when do we not? That seems to be the question of the day after New Weekly, a Chinese culture magazine, pulled their 2021 list of Top 10 Chinese Women after backlash from netizens . And, what ruffled their feathers was reportedly the fact that the publication included Wang Leehom's ex-wife Li Jinglei and influencer Du Meizhu on the list. Jinglei, 35, made headlines after a with her former singer husband where she alleged, in a nine-page post, that he was unfaithful, solicited prostitutes and verbally bullied her during their marriage. As for 19-year-old Meizhu, she was in the news after of having sex with her while she was unconscious. She also alleged that Kris would lure underage girls with acting and singing opportunities. Following her accusations, Kris, 31, was detained by police on suspicion of rape and has been behind bars since July 2021. New Weekly wrote that the two women may not be "perfect victims" but their actions sparked off a series of discourse in society and shed light on issues like gaslighting. However, to netizens, their 'achievements' aren't comparable to other formidable women on the list, like Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping (the first woman to walk in space) and . The latter is the founder and principal of the first and only free high school for girls in China. On Weibo, the