It’s diverting to see how evolving styles of masculinity in China can flummox the patriarchy. Redolent translations bubble up from the fascinating goo of rhetoric around the matter.
… “little fresh meat,” a nickname, coined by fans, for young, delicate-featured, makeup-clad male entertainers.
The state news agency Xinhua denounces what it calls… “sissy pants” culture as “pathological….”
“The ridiculous condemnation of ‘sissy pants’ men shows the gender ideology of a patriarchal society that equates toughness with men and fragility with women,” a journalist… wrote….
(Helen Gao, “‘Little Fresh Meat’ and the Changing Face of Masculinity in China,” NYTimes, 6-12-19)
A major Communist Party organ wrote that at a time when China confronts multiple threats the country doesn’t want to see its men “shrieking while refreshing their makeup.”
I dunno. A world led by men shrieking while refreshing their makeup seems like a better place.
(c) 2019 JMN