A common image, when you think of Chinese communism, is those 60’s retro posters with men and women looking strong under different Communist slogans. You know, things like “Study Mao everyday,” or “Build a harmonious society.” Often they would depict women wearing the same clothes as men, their hair tied back and a serious look on their face. Posters like this:

And this:

In modern day China they still love their slogans, but the mascots have changed a bit. Here are a few modern propaganda posters I saw recently in Hangzhou. Can you tell the difference between the new and the old?

So feminists, what do you think? One step forward, or two steps back?

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4 Comments

Nicki · December 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Nice observation!

Dwight · December 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Interesting. I wonder what the modern day poster for family planning is? Follow this link for one that I have from the Cultural Revolution: http://www.theeastisred.com/posters/poster61.htm

Becky · December 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I haven’t seen any family planning posters yet, but right now they have to be in English also for them to catch my eye. I’m learning, Chinese but for the most part, I tend to ignore posters if their isn’t English on them.

抗包子 · January 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

Family planning posters are boring like so: http://imgur.com/xdCMl

I remember those posters from when I lived in Hangzhou, haha. Also I doubt feminists would much care about the use of a cutesy cartoon girl and monkey!

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