[V24-N1-2] Meaning in absence: The case of tampon use among Chinese women

Author Liqi Ren, Denis Simon & Jianfeng Wu
Date 2018년 3월

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While the tampon is a popular female hygiene product that is used in most western countries, within the Chinese market, around 98 percent of women use sanitary napkins and only 1.9 percent use tampons. The culture is changing rapidly in China today, but tampons have not been accepted by many women. What do Chinese women think about using tampons? How do culture and objects interact with each other in terms of rejection and receptivity? This paper tries to answer these questions by discussing the relationship between culture and objects, Chinese sexual culture, and the perceptions of women regarding tampons. It is possible to gain extensive cultural knowledge about Chinese society and values by exploring what the absence of this object means, which in turn provides a glimpse into the socio-cultural fabric of a society and the operational values of the community.

KEYWORDS: Tamponmeaning in absenceChinese sexual cultureculture and objectsfemale sanitary productsChinese women

ABSTRACT IN SIMPLIFIED CHINESE

在大多数西方国家,卫生棉条都是女性最常用的经期卫生用品。但是在中国至今只有百分之一点九的女性使用过卫生棉条,百分之九十八的女性仍然惯常使用卫生巾。在中国经济文化等各个方面都加速国际化的当代社会,卫生棉条依然不被中国女性所接受。中国女性对卫生棉条究竟持怎样的态度?一个物件被一种文化接受或者拒绝有着怎样的内在规律?这篇文章从以下几个方面讨论了以上问题:物件与文化的关系,中国的性文化,中国女性对卫生棉条的认知与态度。通过探索缺失物件背后的故事与意义,我们可以对中国文化有更进一步的了解,同时也可以一窥当今中国社会的主流文化价值观。 

 

KEYWORDS: 卫生棉条缺失事物的意义中国性文化文化与物件女性卫生用品中国女性