There has been outcry over sexism on the local Chinese internet recently after a nature park in Nanjing launched a campaign aimed at attracting more visitors, which included free access for women, an incident highlighting a number of sexist practices in China.
Jinniu Lake Wildlife Kingdom in Nanjing is located in the city’s northern Liuhe district. Towards the end of last year, the park launched a “warm winter” campaign, which included free admission for women, while ticket prices for men remained at 99 yen for men and 69 yen for seniors and children.
However, not everyone welcomed the initiative, as they felt that it not only undermined the enthusiasm of men, children and the elderly to visit the park, but that there was also a suspicion of gender discrimination.
However, the park remains a commercial business and as such is free to set entrance fees. It has, like many other such attractions, been hit hard by the pandemic and has formulated that it is assessing appropriate incentives to bring visitor numbers back up.
At Jinniu Lake Wildlife Kingdom, female visitors account for 67 percent of the total, The Paper reported on January 11th. Hence the move, which it believed would also attract more fee-paying visitors to accompany the women.
In the head of the aforementioned media, commentator Tutu Rong (土 土 绒) argues, “If this promotion strategy is identified as ‘discrimination’, I’m afraid it’s too high on the agenda. In fact, there are many zoos in and around Nanjing. If consumers are dissatisfied, they can choose to vote with their feet and visit other zoos ”.
But the park was quick to respond to the allegations, admitting that there was a lack in the expression of their activity content and promising to learn from it.
Such gender discrimination has also been gaining ground elsewhere recently. Recently, a heated internet discussion was the result of a video in which a woman in Shenzhen mocked male passengers on a train with female passenger-priority carriages for not giving up their seats.
Last September, girls going north to Beijing Normal University suggested that boys without heavy luggage staying on the lower floors of the dormitory should not use the elevators. Because it is a unisex dorm, the girls found it embarrassing for both girls and boys to be in the lift together after the bath. The boys responded by accusing the girls of attempting to sexualize and privatize unisex resources.
Back here in Nanjing, the international community also knows a thing or two about discriminatory practices. Long-term foreigners may remember a popular policy of local bars to offer free drinks to foreigners at certain times. It would be an understatement to say that it aroused the anger of many Chinese drinkers, while several foreigners also chose to stand with their local countrymen in boycotting such bars.
Finally, there are also all the many “ladies nights” that offer free or discounted cocktails to the fair sex as a means of attracting men to the place to spend money they otherwise would not. But we think it’s best to leave it at that.