The Red Detachment of Women

The old Maoist play with the extraordinary name, The Red Detachment of Women, is being staged in the Australian state of Victoria. This article on Facebook gives the details and associates the strange decision with the Leftist government in Victoria.

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A modern “Red Detachment of Women”:

However some of these women may be actresses and models, if this article is accurate:

China Uses Models to Pose as Troops for Big Military Parade

“The female honor guard contingent that will goosestep past the giant portrait of Chairman Mao in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during China’s grand parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War are all tall, young, stunningly pretty, and have uniform bust sizes.

But not all of them are real soldiers. And there’s a good chance their ample bosoms aren’t genuine, either.”

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on March 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    You just burst my bubble. However, they are just a little bit too uniform. I thought it was the Chinese tendency to conformity. You may also have burst the bubble of young Chinese men looking forward to being rotated to Beijing.
    A lot of nations do promote their female military to encourage young men to volunteer. It is mostly former Communist countries.

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  2. Looks a good play. Can’t see any legitimate political criticisms here that don’t take into account the current and former Vic government’s sponsorship of many other plays and artforms – controversial or not.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 28, 2017 at 3:00 am

      I suppose the problem is the associations with the Cultural Revolution and its excesses. I think I read that Mao only allowed 12 plays to be staged. This is the only one that became popular.

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      • I take from that relief that we at least are free from the sorts of censorship and cultural suppression the far, usually authoritarian I guess, left and right have instituted throughout recent history.

  3. Having been in marching band in high school, one thing that comes to mind is that while you can get a few hundred gorgeous women of about the same height in a country of a billion, teaching them all how to march is going to take a certain amount of time. I remember spending weeks for parade practice in high school. The formation is great–straight lines and they are in step– even if they look like ducks (hot sexy ducks of course) doing that goose step. Or hot sexy geese, I guess. Peking ducks in high heeled boots?

    In other words, these ladies may not be officially soldiers, but in a manner of speaking, all of them have done a good portion of what we’d call basic training in the U.S.

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