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Rio 2016: Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui Smashes Taboo

Fu Yuanhui

Go ahead. Admit it. Because I Would If i was a Western woman who watched Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui tell the world that she was having her period but that it was no excuse for losing, you were shocked that such a frank, public, feminist comment came from a Chinese woman, of all people.

“I feel I didn’t swim well today. I let my teammates down. Because my period came yesterday, I’m feeling a bit weak, but this is not an excuse,”

said Fu after the 20-year-old won a bronze medal for her nation in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay in Rio on Sunday.

Wait. Doesn’t this fly in the face of the west’s old, stereotypical view that women in China are meek and oppressed? Doesn’t the feminist flag wave only for American women, perhaps most particularly white women?

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