On the front page of the Sunday Times yesterday, I glanced upon an article which appalled me so much that I had to scrutinize it.
The title read, “Paper-thin netizens in China show off #A4Waist”. What comes after that was this image:
Apparently, the hashtag #A4Waist has been circulating around Chinese social media sites (e.g. Weibo) and women and some men have been posting pictures of their waists hidden almost completely behind a vertical piece of A4 paper, boasting their thin bodies.
This latest craze over attaining an #A4Waist does not need to be further elaborated on how its distorting and breeding unhealthy beauty standards among young women in China and worldwide, and especially little girls.
However, what caught my eye was that trends (regardless of whether they are honorable or perverted) from the exclusive realm of Chinese social media, were able to penetrate mainstream social media sites like Instagram and even make the headlines of international newspapers!
I originally had the preconceived notion that the block-and-clone policy in China as mentioned in class was such that ‘whatever is posted in China, stays in China’, protected by invisible walls that the Chinese government has erected countrywide. It is interesting to discover that the total opposite is happening before our very eyes!
This, then, begs the question: Why can’t China just relak a bit and allow its citizens to venture out into the realms of international social media sites such as Instagram, since the information contained in Chinese social media cannot seem to be contained within its invisible boundaries anymore?
To end off this post before I (and everyone else I presume) continue chionging our reports due wednesday, I went to check the #A4Waist hashtag on Instagram to see if this Chinese Craze had caught on internationally.
Thankfully, it seems to be under control at the moment (only 507 posts, mostly about #lovingyourbody(s)! Whoohoo humanity!)
“I’m not afraid to bear it all! Haha geddit”