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Ningbo University in eastern China’s Zhejiang province has fired a male staff member after it was discovered he had posted sexist comments on social media.
The university released a statement on Tuesday on Weibo that the employee, surnamed Li, was fired on Monday after his social media comments about women were discovered.
“After investigation, [we found that] Li made inappropriate remarks in WeChat Moments, which had serious adverse effects. The school has made inquiries and has decided to terminate its working relationship with immediate effect,” the statement read.
Using Chinese social media platform WeChat Moments, Li reportedly wrote about how women “tend to create trouble” by using childbirth and family care as an excuse to avoid labour. He also suggested that women should provide men with “salaries” and “sexual services” as compensation for the supposedly increased workloads of male employees.
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“The crux of the matter is that you shouldn’t force male colleagues to do extra work because you have to take care of your family or your child. You shouldn’t take it for granted. You shouldn’t feel comfortable and justified. You shouldn’t be so brazen that you even demand that male colleagues do your job for you,” Li wrote on WeChat Moments, per South China Morning Post. “I want to ask these women, ‘Why don’t you give your salaries to male colleagues?’, ‘Why don’t you have sex with male colleagues?’ ‘father’?'”
Li also commented that men have the instinct to “rape then kill, then rape then kill”.
After Li’s post went viral on Chinese social media, Ningbo University said on Sunday that he should be suspended until further investigation, before being fired the following day.
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Later, Li apologized on WeChat, saying he was “depressed” when he posted the sexist comments.
Weibo users expressed shock at Li’s comments, with many describing them as “gender terrorism”.
“The worst thing is that he is still a teacher,” one user commented.
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“He didn’t just discriminate against women, he must have a mental illness. It should be recommended that the school send him for treatment. Don’t leave a safety hazard at school,” another user wrote.
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