Tweet In the spring of , a new term was launched over the Chinese Internet: The essay lists twenty-four different characteristics of a GTB. The list can be summarized in the following way: She normally has shiny long hair, but if it is not long, it is neat, straight, and parted in the middle. She has good looks, but is not exceptionally beautiful.
She uses her eyes as her magic weapon to look at men with big bright eyes. She hardly eats and gets drunk without hardly a sip of alcohol. She is overly dramatic during the night, when she complains about how hard and lonely her life is.
She likes to take long walks and talk about the books she reads and the movies she sees. She loves Chinese art, literature and politics. Despite her intelligence, she will repeat how dumb she is. The GTB appears angelically innocent, harmless and pure, while she is anything but that: Lin Huiyin , or Phyllis Lin , was a famous architect, poet and writer. Lin supposedly also conquered the hearts of writer Xu Zhimo and philosopher Jin Yuelin.
She is generally described as an ambitious, successful and plain woman who managed to win the love of rich and talented men, which is why Chinese netizens take her as the typical example of a green tea bitch. She is always kind to everyone around her, but only to attract men who will give her presents that she will kindly accept. The decades before this era were times of political and social constraint. Under the rule of Mao, women were expected to be asexual and sacrifice themselves for the collective.
The s brought sexual liberation and a renewed awareness of what Chinese femininity entailed. The discussion of female identities is nothing new, but in recent years, it seems that the online social debate has taken a derogatory tone towards women.
The green tea bitch phenomenon is just one of many examples. For now, it is only a matter of time before the next something-bitch pops up. Some comments on Weibo: Weibo user Yijinyexing She pretends to be a young pretty girl who is interested in art and literature. And they also like to say that if it were not for them pointing out the sluts and the green tea bitches, the men would always be tricked by these types of girls.
They stated that they protested against degrading terminology for women, and that they were hoping that society would show women more respect and create friendlier cultural climate. Accessed April 9, Accessed April 8,