But she does not see much evidence of the protests sparking a feminist awakening.
“Under the influence of conservative thinking and a misperception that Hong Kong has reached gender equality, many female participants tend to trivialise the inequality in protests,” she added.
Wong says she and many of her fellow protesters are fearful of sexual assault.
A teenager represented by a prominent local rights lawyer has alleged she had an abortion after officers gang raped her in a police station in September.
The incident did not take place on a day that there were rallies, but the allegations have gone viral on protest forums at a time when mistrust towards the police has skyrocketed. Police say they are investigating.
The Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women says it has also documented some cases of sexual harrassment, assault and rape at protests.
And with the city deeply polarised, misogynist insults abound, aided by Cantonese boasting a colourful lexicon of swear words.
Police can often be heard calling female protesters “prostitutes” while activists routinely hurl profanities about officers’ wives and mothers.
Wong, who once bristled at cussing, shrugs it off.
“I don’t find this particularly offensive as it’s part of the reaction when enemies are standing face to face,” Wong said.
“Besides, it seems the officers get more irritated than we do.”
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