The Making of the Chinese “Gay Wives”: Technology, Authenticity, and Identity in the Digital Age

Yiyi Wu
This paper explores the narratives and stories of a population of Chinese women who identify themselves as tongqi (同妻), meaning gay's wives. They consider themselves as heterosexual women who unknowingly marry gay men who purposefully hide their same-sex attraction and trick women into marriage to fulfill their societal obligations of fatherhood. While the majority of tongqi describe themselves as the victims of “marriage fraud” commited by “closeted” gay men whose homosexuality has discounted the “realness”...
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