Occasionally, weird stuff happens in China. It was world AIDS day last week as well as Migrant Worker Rights’ Day (in certain areas) and both the government and ordinary citizens organized ways of spreading the message of HIV prevention. Here’s two of the more unique things we found:
Guangxi province’s first transsexual has made an outfit out of condoms — 300 to be exact. We dig the red ribbons, but not the Cyndi Lauper earrings. And frankly, it’s not as cool as this evening gown made out of 10,000 condoms, but who has time to make clothes out of more than 300 condoms?
December 3 was Gansu’s first province-wide Migrant Worker’s Rights Day. In addition to learning about various things relating to employment and job skills, about 10,000 free condoms and 500 pairs of anti-theft underwear were given out for free and gone in a flash. Reports suggest that it was a bit chaotic. Migrant workers account for a fair share of new HIV cases reported in China’s cities, and most of them get it from prostitutes.
On the other hand, we had not previously heard of “anti-theft underwear” before. Although the link above doesn’t have very clear pictures, what we learned is that many migrant workers don’t have bank accounts, or perhaps have them in the cities in which they work but don’t have functioning networks where they live, so that their ATM cards become useless once they go home. If you’ve seen the Feng Xiaogang film A World Without Thieves you’ll remember that the main characters are carrying around a load of cash — an entire year’s worth of work — on the train. Do you put in your socks? Or in a secret pocket or lining in your coat? Fret no longer — now there’s anti-theft underwear, a secure way to transport your money. We wonder, though, if it could double as a “chastity belt.”
Photo from news.163.com.