Skip to comments.NY Times: Sure Mao Killed Millions But He Made Great Feminist Propaganda
Posted on 09/26/2017 2:17:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The NY Times, the paper that ignored the crimes against humanity committed by Stalin as they were happening, is now looking to provide the same treatment retroactively to Mao Zedong. In its ongoing “Red Century” series, the Times published a piece yesterday arguing that Mao represented a great leap forward for women:
The Communists did many terrible things, my grandmother always says at the end of her reminiscences. But they made womens lives much better.
That often-repeated dictum sums up the popular perception of Mao Zedongs legacy regarding women in China. As every Chinese schoolchild learns in history class, the Communists rescued peasant daughters from urban brothels and ushered cloistered wives into factories, liberating them from the oppression of Confucian patriarchy and imperialist threat.
The piece goes on to suggest that, in reality, women were not treated as equals. They didn’t get the best jobs and they were expected to be responsible for most of the work in the home as well. But the Communist Chinese did put out plenty of party propaganda presenting an idealized image of equality:
The state rolled out propaganda campaigns aimed at not only enlisting women in the work force but also shaping their self-perception. Posters, textbooks and newspapers propagated images and narratives that, devoid of any particularities of personal experiences, depicted women as mens equal in outlook, value and achievement. For women in the workplace to adhere to this narrowly defined acceptable female image meant to see, understand and speak about their life not as it was, but as what it ought to be according to the party ideal.
All of this feminist propaganda might be fine if it weren’t a package deal with a dictatorship that murdered tens of millions of men, women, and children. And that’s really an undeniable part of this story that this piece dismisses offhand. Historian Frank Dikötter was given access to the Communist Party archives and in 2010 he published an award-winning book titled “Mao’s Great Famine; The Story of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe.” The Independent published a summary of his findings:
Mr Dikötter, who has been studying Chinese rural history from 1958 to 1962, when the nation was facing a famine, compared the systematic torture, brutality, starvation and killing of Chinese peasants to the Second World War in its magnitude. At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years; the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million.
Mr Dikötter is the only author to have delved into the Chinese archives since they were reopened four years ago. He argued that this devastating period of history which has until now remained hidden has international resonance. “It ranks alongside the gulags and the Holocaust as one of the three greatest events of the 20th century…. It was like [the Cambodian communist dictator] Pol Pot’s genocide multiplied 20 times over,” he said…
State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off. One record shows how a man was branded with hot metal. People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 per cent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.
This is a record of mass murder which really shouldn’t be brushed aside with the anodyne statement “the Communists did many terrible things.” The fact that the authors’ grandmother, working as a “journalist” spreading Mao’s propaganda, was in some sense complicit in the regime may explain her refusal to reckon with the depths of Mao’s destruction. It doesn’t explain the NY Times’ willingness to sidestep it decades later.
Everything was better under communism. That is why millions of minorities around the world would risk their life to sneak into China or Cuba. /S
And the trains ran on time.
Wow. So apparently that we forgot that the government imposed abortions resulted in a disproportionately high number of girls being aborted. That’s feminism for ya alright.
Looks like Chairman Maodeen there.
Who will win that fight? Sharia or commies?
Sure, maybe the Chinese abort most of their female children, but the few who do survive are totally empowered!!!
Correct pronunciation: Mousey Dung.
What? Kill all the girls?
By instituting a one child policy the outcome was hundreds of thousands of little girl babies left to die in the fields. How is that feminism?
Yeah all the millions of baby girl babies killed is sure a GREAT accomplishment for feminists.....
Mao killed more than Stalin, who killed more than Hitler.
But since the Slimes was instrumental in covering up Stalin’s murders, they shouldn’t drop the ball now.
Planned Abortionhood is much more efficient at killing babies than drowning them. A true advancement for women.
After 70 years a Pulitzer committee is reexamining Walter Duranty’s Stalin whitewashes in the New York Times. How bad were they? See for yourself.
12:40 PM, Jun 12, 2003 | By Arnold Beichman
AT LONG LAST a Pulitzer Prize committee is looking into the possibility that the Pulitzer awarded to Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow correspondent whose dispatches covered up Stalin’s infamies, might be revoked.
In order to assist in their researches, I am downloading here some of the lies contained in those dispatches, lies which the New York Times has never repudiated with the same splash as it accorded Jayson Blair’s comparatively trivial lies:
“There is no famine or actual starvation nor is there likely to be.”
—New York Times, Nov. 15, 1931, page 1
“Any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda.”
—New York Times, August 23, 1933
He did great things for women.
Like killing an entire generation of them under the One Child policy.
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