These dance major graduates thought that taking graduation photos in traditional Chinese dress has already been done to death. So why not turn it on its head?
The resulting images have gone viral on Chinese social media, shocking netizens with guys donning revealing cheongsams — a traditional dress usually reserved for the ladies.
An overwhelming majority of online comments trashed the group. Typical ones include “disgusting” and “freaks,” some even suggest that the guys go to Thailand and become ladyboys.
Still, the internet isn’t totally a heartless place. A few comments did defend the graduates. “People who can’t think for themselves are criticizing people who think independently. How comical,” one netizen commented.
The largely negative reaction reflects intolerant attitudes in modern China, where gender is not so fluid. But, these attitudes do seem to be changing somewhat. Earlier this month, bars in Beijing introduced the country’s first gender-neutral bathrooms.
By Amy Yang
[Images via Weibo]