On Sunday, a group of soft-cheeked college boys decided to take a little break from their usual schedule of
sleeping and playing Warcraft studying by putting on a cross-dressing cosplay extravaganza in the Hankou section of Wuhan.
Calling themselves the “Alice False Mother Group” (爱丽丝伪娘团), the outfit apparently has strict recruiting policies for new members, and ironically apply their idealized feminine beauty standards towards males interested in dressing up like wispy classical Chinese beauties.
Xiaolu, a junior majoring in accounting at South-Central University for Nationalities that serves as spokesperson for the transvestite hobbyists, says the group’s members have to possess “long and thin legs, a frame that isn’t too burly, and a face that’s long enough to be delicate and handsome.”
With members from schools like Wuhan University, Wuhan Textile University, Huazhong University of Science & Technology and Huazhong Normal University, the False Mothers claim that they’re just average males when they’re not on stage, with a red-blooded affinity for basketball and other sports.
The main difference apparently being that most of the males receive plenty of attention from girls due to their delicate and non-burly features, with most of the members reporting they already have girlfriends. Incidentally, having access to girlfriends reportedly is a boon for when the boys need to learn how to walk in a ladylike manner, as well as teaching how to properly coo and mew while clutching stuffed animals.
The group apparently used to be a regular manga cosplay unit, until one fateful day when a number of female students scheduled to perform in a cosplay show failed to show up.
giggling and tittering for a bit discussing the serious matter at hand, the soon-to-be False Mothers decided to don female costumes (the 秀 must go on!), and the rest, as they say, is a mildly discomfiting series of images that don’t really disabuse the media notion that Asian males are more than a little feminized.
Now flush with success, the lads/ladies have been booked to perform at a variety of other cosplay exhibitions, with each member getting paid 500RMB per show. No word as to whether or not extra fees come with extra, er, demonstrations of femininity.
The members report that they’ll drop the dress-up habit and don regular 9 to 5 trousers once they graduate, with no one holding illusions that they’ll continue the transvestism after college. It’s a shame, because we were thinking Thailand becoming a plastic surgery hotspot over South Korea for mainlanders would’ve been quite the story.
Though some might point to the False Mothers as a symptom of the spiritually polluted identity confusion of contemporary China, the practice strikes us as a throwback to former eras when Chinese opera performance was exclusively a men’s club. We’ll let you know what conclusion we come to on the False mother phenomenon, but first we’ll have to
check out some more thin-legged ladyboy sites undertake further internet research on the subject.
Photos from Tencent News