Voices of Struggle: LGBTQ and Feminist Activism in China and Beyond-
Li Tingting李婷婷 (also known by her nickname Li “Maizi” 李麦子) is an activist for women’s and LGBTQ right in the PRC. Since 2012, she has become internationally known for organizing public performance art-style protests calling attention to gender equality issues. In 2012, she and two other activists walked down a shopping street in Beijing wearing a blood spattered gown to draw attention to domestic violence in China. Another action, the “Occupy Men’s Room” demonstration drew attention to the shortage of public women’s toilets by encouraging women to use men’s facilities.
On 6 March 2015 she, along with four other feminist activists, were arrested in Beijing for planning to hand out stickers on the Beijing subway raising awareness about sexual harassment on International Women’s Day. Thanks to the efforts of other Chinese feminists, “Free the Five” became an international campaign that made headlines around the world. She, along with the other members of the Feminist Five, were detained by the Public Security Bureau for 37 days.
Li previously studied public administration at Chang’An University (Xi’An) and is now studying human rights at the University of Essex in England where she continues her activist work.
Universität Göttingen, LGBTQ, China, Queer, Feminism, Social Media, Weibo, Wechat, Censorshop, Feminist Five, Li Maizi, Activism, MeToo, anti-sexual, harrassment,