Just after noon on December 2nd, dozens of young women gathered on Danling Street, in central Beijing, outside the Haidian District Court, where a high-profile sexual-harassment trial was set to begin. Wrapped in puffy jackets in the freezing cold, some of them held homemade signs: “The history and the people are on your side”; “We are not walking genitalia.” By 1 p.m., several police cars had blocked the narrow, tree-lined street on both ends, but the cluster kept growing, now reinforced by office workers on their lunch breaks. Near the court’s entrance, a crowd of people stood about two hundred feet deep. When the plaintiff, a twenty-seven-year-old screenwriter named Zhou Xiaoxuan, arrived with an entourage of a dozen friends, the crowd swept gently around her. Some supporters began crying.