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BBC TV Interviews Editor David Wertime re: Women's Rights in China

It’s the offensive tweet that ricocheted around the world in just days. After a spate of recent incidents of sexual harassment and indecency, the Shanghai subway system took to Weibo, China’s Twitter, to tweet word of warning. But there were directed not at the perpetrators, but would be victims. As TLN reported, the tweet showed a photograph of a young woman in a translucent dress and warned, 

“If that’s what you wear on a subway, then no wonder you will be sexually harassed! There are too many perverts riding the subway every day, and we can’t catch them all. Girl, you’ve got to respect yourself!”

This tweet now has China, indeed the world, wondering aloud about women’s rights in the Middle Kingdom. What level of attire is appropriate? What really are the social norms in fast-changing China? And what does this all tell us about the importance of social media?

Editor and co-founder David Wertime recently sat down with BBC World News to discuss this tweet heard ’round the world.

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David Wertime

David is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2001 and has lived and worked in Fuling, Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He is a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society and an associate fellow at the Truman National Security Project.