Tang Wei: Sex, the city, and the scapegoat in lust caution

Donald, SH 2010, 'Tang Wei: Sex, the city, and the scapegoat in lust caution', Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 46-68.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Tang Wei: Sex, the city, and the scapegoat in lust caution
Author(s) Donald, SH
Year 2010
Journal name Theory, Culture & Society
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 46
End page 68
Total pages 23
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract This article discusses the Tang Wei incident, which evolved across the first half of 2008, during the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing. Tang Wei is a Chinese actress whose breakthrough role in Ang Lee's film Lust, Caution caused a sensation amongst Chinese audiences. The nudity and sex scenes in the film were explicit, and as such challenged accepted norms in film content. This aspect of the film, combined with the characterization of a national traitor as a heroine, caused deep concern among some parties involved in film regulation and censorship. The argument presented here is that Tang Wei, who was singled out for criticism and upon whom travel and work restraints were placed in the aftermath of the film's release, was made a scapegoat for the disgust experienced by a masculinist political class when faced with female dissent and sexuality.
Subject Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Screen and Media Culture
Keyword(s) body politics
censorship
Chinese film
Olympics
performance
sexual politics
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0263276410372238
Copyright notice © 2010 (SAGE, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore
ISSN 0263-2764
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