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"My Vagina Says" Project Met With Misogynist Response On Chinese Social Media

"May I ask who is prepared to marry these feminists?" one commenter asked.

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College students at China's Beijing Foreign Studies University didn't anticipate the explosive reaction they would cause when they decided to post pictures of themselves holding up signs describing what their vaginas would say if they could talk.

To promote an upcoming performance of The Vagina Monologues, the photos were posted on Nov. 7 to a website students use called Renren, according to Foreign Policy.

"We want to talk about our vagina, to rediscover the power within our bodies and spirit," the students wrote.

The photos apparently made their way to other social networking sites, including Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

It didn't take long for male users to begin criticizing the participants' attractiveness and morals. The project "generated thousands of comments -- most evincing an ugly strain of misogyny," Foreign Policy reported.

"If no one told me they are from BFSU, I would think they are whores," one wrote.

"What are we teaching in our schools? Are they the future of our country? They are a bunch of sluts. I feel so much pain for how far the Chinese civilization has fallen," another said.

"May I ask who is prepared to marry these feminists?" someone else asked.

The photo series, which was translated by, follows:


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