A new low for China, Belle. Not new for the USA.
Recall the woman writer the USA barred ~15 years ago. Isabel Allende, related to the Chilean president the CIA overthrew in the 1970s as I recall.
9/11/1973 to be exact.
But what if that is the choosing of the women themselves? Is it really "degrading" in such scenario?
I must agree with you - she was banned from degrading herself because of her religion.
There are 2 issues here - religious persecution by the Chinese government, and degrading attitudes toward women, who are valued only for their appearance. The fact that they choose to be degraded of their on free will only makes it sadder.