Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tough Chicks From Chinese Propaganda Posters

Being a dictator has its privileges especially when it comes to having artwork or propaganda created in your honor. Leave it up to General Mao Zedong for being a believer in the power of a strong woman. These propaganda posters are damn cool and what could be better than women throwing grenades while looking like pirates out to sea or shooting an Ak-47 on horseback. Please, you strong and proud American women, forget about the Kardashian's, fashion and whatever other girly outlet you desire, we need more femme fatales. Yall should be practicing throwing hand grenades, racing motorcycles or shooting from horseback. These skills are much more in demand and to be honest far hotter.

We found these images over on

What could be hotter than a woman on a horse with an Ak-47
Women racing motorcycle, gasp, without a helmet
Women charging into the sea
Woman firing a bazooka and looking hot while doing so
Who knew that Chinese female pirates had hand grenades, Awesome!

More info on General Mao Zedong from Wikipedia

Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung About this sound listen (help·info), and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), was a Chinese Communist revolutionary, guerrilla warfare strategist, Marxist political philosopher, and leader of the Chinese Revolution. He was the architect and founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949, and held control over the nation until his death in 1976. His theoretical contribution to Marxism–Leninism, along with his military strategies and brand of policies, are collectively known as Maoism.

Mao rose to power by commanding the Long March, forming a Second United Front with Kuomintang (KMT) during the Second Sino-Japanese War to repel a Japanese invasion,[1] and leading the Communist Party of China (CPC) to victory against Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's KMT in the Chinese Civil War. Mao established political and military control over most of the territory formerly contained within the Chinese Empire and launched a Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries. He sent the Communist People's Liberation Army into Xinjiang and Tibet but was unable to oust the remnants of the Nationalist Party from Taiwan. He enacted sweeping land reform, by using violence and terror to overthrow landlords before seizing their large estates and dividing the land into people's communes.[2][3] The Communist Party's final victory had come after decades of turmoil in China, which had included Great Depression, a brutal invasion by Japan and a protracted civil war. Mao's Communist Party ultimately achieved a measure of stability in China, though Mao's efforts to close China to trade and market-commerce, and eradicate traditional Chinese culture, have been largely rejected by his successors. Mao styled himself "The Great Helmsman" and supporters contend that he was responsible for some positive changes which came to China during his three decade rule: these included doubling the school population, providing universal housing, abolishing unemployment and inflation, increasing health care access, and dramatically raising life expectancy.[4] A prodigious personality cult was built up around Mao, and community dissent was not permitted. His Communist Party still rules in mainland China, retains control of media and education there and officially celebrates his legacy. As a result of such factors Mao is still officially held in high regard by many Chinese as a great political strategist, military mastermind, and savior of the nation. Maoists further promote his role as a theorist, statesman, poet, and visionary,[5] while anti-revisionists continue to defend most of his policies.

In foreign policy, Mao initially sought to align China with the Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union - though the Communist nations diverged after Stalin's death and towards the end of his rule China began to open to trade with the West. Elsewhere, Mao sent Chinese forces to war against the United Nations in the Korean War and saved the North Korean regime of Kim Il-sung and, despite financial woes in China, financed and supported Communist insurgencies across Asia - in Burma, Cambodia and elsewhere.

Mao remains a controversial figure to this day, with a contentious legacy that is subject to continuing revision and fierce debate. Nationwide political campaigns led by Mao, such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, are often considered catastrophic failures. Mao encouraged population growth and China's population almost doubled during the period of his leadership[6] (from around 550 to over 900 million),[3][4] his rule from 1949 to 1976 is believed to have caused the deaths of 40 to 70 million people.[7][8] Severe starvation during the Great Chinese Famine, mass suicide as a result of the Three-anti and Five-anti campaigns, and political persecution during both the Anti-Rightist Movement and struggle sessions all resulted from these programs. His campaigns and their varying disastrous consequences are further blamed for damaging Chinese culture and society, as historical relics were destroyed and religious sites were ransacked.

While Mao's stated goals of combating bureaucracy, encouraging popular participation, and stressing China’s self-reliance are generally seen as laudable—and the rapid industrialization that began during Mao's reign is credited for laying a foundation for China’s development in the late 20th century—the harsh methods he used to pursue them, including torture and executions, have been widely rebuked as being ruthless and self-defeating.[3] Mao is still regarded as one of the most important figures in modern world history,[9] and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine.[10
Andy Warhol propaganda "pop" art poster of Mao Zedong