- Roxanne Jones: Fu upended stereotypes about Chinese women and broke a taboo by talking about her period
- Jones says Rio Olympics have challenged Western assumptions about gender norms, women's power and equality
Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN Magazine and former vice president at ESPN, has worked as a producer and as a reporter at the New York Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was named a 2010 Woman of the Year by Women in Sports and Events, is a co-author of "Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete," and CEO of the Push Marketing Group. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Go ahead. Admit it. If you are a Western woman who watched Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui tell the world that she was having her period but that it was no excuse for losing, you were shocked that such a frank, public, feminist comment came from a Chinese woman, of all people.