Lvchabiao (GTB)

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绿茶婊 [lv cha biao]

"Lvchabiao" literally means green tea bitch (GTB). It refers to a group of girls who look innocent, pretty and harmless, but actually are sluts with more ambitions than any others.

This new term caught on during this Spring's Hainan Rendez-vous, a trade show for luxury items like yachts and jets held in Sanya, a tropical paradise in China's Hainan Province. A weibo post said that many young models with their innocent looks attend luxury parties to make sexual deals with the wealthy. Netizens began to call these girls GTBs and try to define them.

On China's Twitter-like Weibo, some commenters said a GTB often works as an actress/journalist/hostess/writer, and likes to talk about literature or politics to win a man's heart. She has either been cheating in a relationship or has been somebody's mistress.

GTB and its definition have triggered hot debate online. Some have said that it is verbal abuse and a stereotype against women. On April 18, 2013, three girls in Northwest China's Xi'an held a protest to oppose the public usage of GTB and other insulting labels for women. They held up signs saying 'not your tea, not your bitch,' calling for a halt to degrading terminology for women and more respect to women.

Chinese women's incomes and social positions have risen with social development. But in recent years, the online social debate has often taken a derogatory tone against women. GTB and its similarities, like "coffee bitch" and "milk tea bitch," are the examples. It will be a long time before Chinese women have true equality and there is a friendly social environment.

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