A picture of two girls squatting in a subway station while waiting for a train somehow triggered an intense debate on Weibo over the weekend, where it has become a trending topic with its very own hashtag.
The initial post shared online was very critical of the two young ladies’ decorum, with the Weibo user @wojiaosankeya writing: “Why are so many girls today so uncivilized? Just squatting wherever they like? Who taught them? What kind of habit is that?”
Some commenters joined in the chorus of jeers at the women’s apparently shameful posture, but more took offense at the unsolicited picture-taking of random strangers and the capricious judgment-making:
@kimia729 commented: “Society has so many pressures, if you’re tired and you squat down, so what? If you’re tired and fall asleep, so what? If you drink water while walking, so what? If you shout out angrily, so what? If you’re so civilized, then how come you take photos of other people? The ones who are the most uncultured are those that carelessly judge others!”
Others agreed that the irritated netizen should simply mind his or her own damn business:
“I don’t wear fur, but I don’t attack other people who do,” @fantuanziyan wrote.
“Civilized people don’t call out other people as uncivilized,” @zuixindaao agreed.
Meanwhile, other netizens tried to lighten up the debate with references to their own behavior:
“When I get tired from wearing high heel shoes, I walk bare foot, what’s it to you?:)” @GUISIYAOshidameinu commented.
“No more squatting, I stand while taking shits,” @chifansuijiaojidoudouX added.
Somehow, the widespread practice of squatting in China has become yet another battleground for the ongoing debate about public manners. Personally, the squatting has never bothered us as much as the peeing.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via CCTV]