It’s Not Rape If You Wear a Condom

戴避孕套不算强奸 (dài bìyùntào bú suàn qiángjiān): it’s not rape if you wear a condom

LawA flimsy rebuttal to a rape charge. In May 2011 Zhou Qin, a 26-year-old middle school teacher in the southwestern province of Guizhou, was invited to a banquet by her school’s principal. At the banquet, Zhou was compelled to toast with the officials in attendance, consuming a quantity of liquor far beyond her level of tolerance. One of the officials present, local Bureau of Land and Resources Chief Wang Zhonggui, is alleged to have raped Zhou while she was intoxicated. Initially, the police refused to classify the incident as rape because evidence suggested that Wang wore a condom. The incident became a widely discussed topic on Weibo, and the term “rape” (强奸) was briefly harmonized on the popular social media network. Approximately two months after the rape occurred, Wang was arrested.

171342_5434The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness.