Asian Review

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This paper examines the changing patterns of and attitudes on sexuality, love, and marriage of Chinese women in the Post-Mao era, especially after 1985, as reflected in novels written by renowned Chinese women writers. The study shows that Chinese women in the novels have challenged the Confucian code of conduct for women on the preservation of chastity, open sexuality, and even the intimacy with the same sex, which were also taboos under the Mao regime. Chinese women in this era are aggressive in terms of love. Love is a part of the search for their own identities, for the completion of their self, reflecting a trend towards individualism. Marriage, thus, has become less important in women's lives than under Confucian or Maoist ideologies. This change is a result of the interaction between China and globalization, in particular, capitalism and consumerism.



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