Parents, amirite? After 18 years of teasing for his ‘girlish’ sounding name, Xiang Shilei (向诗蕾) had his humiliation compounded when Zhongnan University assigned him to a female dormitory, Xinhua reports.
Arriving at his new university from his home in Wuhan, Hebei province, Xiang was surprised to find himself assigned to a women-only dorm. After he checked his forms he noticed his gender was listed as “female”.
Xiang seems to have a sense of humour about the whole affair (after being stuck with a “girl’s name” your entire life I guess you develop a pretty thick skin), describing what happened on Weibo. Xiang’s post attracted over 400 comments, most of which were supportive, kind of:
@夏光年: “I laughed until I was crying … this is enough for your university friends to make fun of you for four years!”
@Mayyy: “How lucky he was to be in a dormitory with all girls! Never content!”
Xiang said he was named after his mother, leading some to speculate that the parents settled on a name before they knew the gender of their baby.