How Do People Define Women’s Success in Chinese Cyberspace


Luomei Lyu

           The comment “a woman's biggest failure is not having a child of her own” triggered heated debate on Chinese social media, which demonstrates that most Chinese people do support women’s autonomy and rights of choice. The finding contradicts the criticism that Chinese women encounter in daily life. The qualitative text analysis and quantitative content analysis of 168 comments on defining women’s success on Zhihu (a Chinese question-and-answer website) shows the seemingly progressive discourse which reveals that people exaggerate women’s autonomy and overlook the gender issues which constrain women’s rights.


*published in international journal "Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research" (ISSN 2352-5398), and will be submitted to CPCI and CNKI for indexing.

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