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How much time do you spend on domestic works? Have you ever thought if it is fair for women or mothers to spend their time doing unpaid house chores? How much do men contribute to house chores?

If someday all women refuse to work, what will happen?

What is social reproduction? The “unpaid” works of women

According to a piece of news in 2018, a single mother sued her son for not offering her “nurturing fee.” She had signed a contract with her son beforehand about supporting her financially when she…


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If feminism not only cares about females and is not hostile to males, why don’t it be rectified as gender equalitarianism?

People who care deeply about gender issues would know that advocates often worry that the articles promoting gender equality are only shared within the same community, yet some perspectives that couldn’t be more natural for them are hard to be accepted outside the community.

Some days before I wrote an article promoting domestic violence to be stopped, however, my friends did…


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“The traditional gender division of labor expects men to be able to financially support the whole family, and men will be regarded as “successful” in life. However, on the journal of male’s success, economic pressure may accompany with family conflicts or even broken-up. The image of an “ideal man” becomes a double-edged weapon, as men try to prove themselves, but are caught in the toil.

Financial downfall: the desperate of unemployment and underprivileged

While making money is a standard of men’s ability, unemployment under the social, political, and economic environment…


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In 2020, a virus swept across the world and caused massive disruptions. Many originally avertable situations have now become commonplace scenarios. Among such cases is “gender-based cyber violence,” a type of crime intensified by the pandemic.

What is Gender-based Cyber Violence?

According to the general recommendations issued by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), gender-based cyber violence (GBCV) is defined as “gender-based violence committed through the Internet or other electronic means.” Among its various forms, the most common type of…


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In traditional society, “caretaking” is perceived as a responsibility rather than a profession. Under the traditional gendered division of labor, women are often confined at home doing unpaid care work. In Taiwan, women did three times more unpaid work than men. In addition, the proportion of women who did not participate in the labor force due to housework responsibilities accounted for 50.4% of total unemployed women in 2019.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, single-income families are exposed to the risks of sharply reduced…


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Imagine what it would be like to have no financial backing for large-scale projects, such as building a superhighway across the nation or giving grants to local educational institutions. All of these would simply become impossible. However, this is the dire reality of many gender-equality projects and the reason for the launch of Financing for Gender Equality advocacy by many international organizations in recent years.

According to a 2019 report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), out of…


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Although January 1st is celebrated as New Year’s Day around the world, the Lunar New Year, also known simply as “Chinese New Year”, holds greater importance to ethnic Chinese communities. One of the major customs is to return home for a reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Every family member, including those who work or study far from home, will go back for this significant occasion.

In this case, whose family is the family reunion referring to?

The Reunion Dinner with the Husband’s Family

In the traditional patriarchal…


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To many people, getting married means a lot in life.

To have a good start in the new stage of life, people usually plan meticulously for a wedding. Through traditional customs, we can see people’s expectations and values for marriage, as well as the gender roles under a patriarchal system.

In the Chinese language, there is a distinction between the words used to describe a woman marrying into her husband’s family (嫁) and a man marrying his wife (娶). From this long-standing…

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