Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sexual Exploitation and the Chinese Film Industry

Check out this fascinating interview with Chinese actress Zhang Yu about how she has had to exchange sex for roles throughout her career. She started videotaping these interactions and has posted them online. She's damned unapologetic for it too and good for her. But of course, she doesn't like things being that way, even though she claims every Chinese actress goes through the same thing. As she puts it,

I wonder how common this is in the US film industry? More common than we want to admit no doubt. And I wonder how many women in China have to sell their bodies in all professions? It's pretty disturbing stuff.