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Queer eye for Chinese women: Locating queer spaces in Shitou's film Women Fifty Minutes

Bao, Hongwei




This article offers a critical analysis of Chinese lesbian artist, filmmaker and activist Shitou's 2006 film Women Fifty Minutes (nüren wushi fenzhong). Focusing on the representation of queer women in the film, I discern the existence and conditions of queer subjectivities and spaces in a postsocialist Chinese context. This article aims to disentangle different discourses of women and feminism in contemporary China as represented in the film and, in so doing, unravel the importance of sexuality in understanding feminism and women's experiences. By looking at Chinese women through queer eyes, Shitou's film brings queer public space into existence through representational and activist strategies; it also introduces sexuality and queerness into feminist debates. Keywords Shitou Women Fifty Minutes women queer film art China


Bao, H. (2019). Queer eye for Chinese women: Locating queer spaces in Shitou's film Women Fifty Minutes. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 6(1), 77-96.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2020
Journal Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Print ISSN 2051-7041
Electronic ISSN 2051-705X
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 77-96
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