During the Cultural Revolution, one of the main characters in The Bathing Women attends a "denouncement meeting". A teacher, branded a "female hooligan" for having a child outside of marriage, is given the option of exposing her daughter or eating a cupful of shit. "Under the gaze of everyone, she grabbed the teacup with two hands and drank it down in one swallow."
Tiao, a schoolchild at the time, does not participate in the denouncement;...
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