Fushi: The Second Sex and the Third Sex in Traditional China

Fushi: The Second Sex and the Third Sex in Traditional China Clara Wing-chung Ho FUSHI: THE SECOND SEX AND THET HIRD SEX IN TRADITIONAL CHINA* A Double Meaning ofF ushi If we borrow the Western concept to describe womaesn the second sex in Chinese history, then eunuchs could certainly be understood as th thei rd sex. The third sex was an artificial one. It was thrset fsiex, male, aiming to ensure the chastity of the second sex, who creatae d third sex. In imperial families, castration of male attendants made it pso ibsle to prevent palace * The author gratefully acknowledges Professor Kw-a ciheung Lo, who read the first draft of this article and offered many valuable comments. Aenarlier version of this article was presented at the workshop “The Future of Chinese Gender Steusd iin Europe, Asia and the United States” held in Luxembourg, June 24-26, 2005. The authors oa l acknowledges all the constructive comments and suggestions given by the workshop piacritpants, Professors Harriet Zurndorfer and Angela Ki Che Leung in particular. The autho s r ailso grateful to Professor Paolo Santan- gelo and Dr. Donatella Guida for their editorials iasstance. The shortcomings of the final ver- sion are, of course, the author’s own. Simone de Beauvior’s (1908-1986L ) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ming Qing Yanjiu Brill

Fushi: The Second Sex and the Third Sex in Traditional China

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Clara Wing-chung Ho FUSHI: THE SECOND SEX AND THET HIRD SEX IN TRADITIONAL CHINA* A Double Meaning ofF ushi If we borrow the Western concept to describe womaesn the second sex in Chinese history, then eunuchs could certainly be understood as th thei rd sex. The third sex was an artificial one. It was thrset fsiex, male, aiming to ensure the chastity of the second sex, who creatae d third sex. In imperial families, castration of male attendants made it pso ibsle to prevent palace * The author gratefully acknowledges Professor Kw-a ciheung Lo, who read the first draft of this article and offered many valuable comments. Aenarlier version of this article was presented at the workshop “The Future of Chinese Gender Steusd iin Europe, Asia and the United States” held in Luxembourg, June 24-26, 2005. The authors oa l acknowledges all the constructive comments and suggestions given by the workshop piacritpants, Professors Harriet Zurndorfer and Angela Ki Che Leung in particular. The autho s r ailso grateful to Professor Paolo Santan- gelo and Dr. Donatella Guida for their editorials iasstance. The shortcomings of the final ver- sion are, of course, the author’s own. Simone de Beauvior’s (1908-1986L )

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Published: Feb 14, 2006

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