Sexism rears its ugly head again in Taiwan presidential election

There is no lack of misogynist comments from male candidates on campaign trail

President Tsai Ing-wen at an election campaign event in Taipei last week. Following her win in the presidential polls in 2016, the BBC called Taiwan "the place to be a woman in politics". But the current election campaign has shown that sexism and mi
President Tsai Ing-wen at an election campaign event in Taipei last week. Following her win in the presidential polls in 2016, the BBC called Taiwan "the place to be a woman in politics". But the current election campaign has shown that sexism and misogyny remain very much alive in the island's politics. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Following Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's election in 2016, the BBC called the island "the place to be a woman in politics".

But judging by the current election campaign, equal opportunity in politics is possibly just a veneer in Taiwan, with misogynist comments and sexist slurs being thrown about almost at will.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2020, with the headline 'Sexism rears its ugly head again in Taiwan presidential election'. Subscribe