Chinese Women Are Allegedly Wearing Hairy Stockings to Ward Off Perverts
12:30 pm, June 19th | by Colette McIntyre
Take a look at that picture to the left. Peep those furry thighs and the jarring juxtaposition of those smooth feet peeking out all that leg hair. No, this isn’t a snapshot of me from The Winter of My Discontinued Gillette Venus Use nor is it a sefie that one girl whom you met at a consciousness-raising event after a secret Tracy Chapman show posted to Instagram; if the Internet is to be believed, those hairy legs are a pair of stockings developed for young Chinese women in order to fend off “perverts.”
A Sina Weibo (basically China’s Twitter) user uploaded the above photo which quickly went viral. The original caption described the leggings as “super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out.” Some new outlets are reporting that the stockings are equipped with more than just a gross-out factor — they can also “send electric shocks to an attacker and GPS locator coordinates to the woman’s family and friends.” Sounds pretty unbelievable for one pair of leggings, right? You have good reason to be skeptical: other than the original photo, there is very little proof that the product exists. The Weibo post didn’t include any information on the manufacturer and Mashable notes that it’s unclear whether they’re for sale. We’re probably all being trolled by some skilled DIY crafter or someone with Photoshop and free time.
On the off chance that these hairy stockings are real — actually, even if they aren’t, let me just say this: O, the lengths a woman must go to not be sexually harassed or cat called or objectified while on her way to work/home/dinner/the gym/a funeral/her wedding/anywhere! While it’s unlikely that these stockings exist, it isn’t unlikely that women would buy them and wear them — THAT’S HOW BAD IT IS OUT THERE FOR A LADY. Getting leered and whistled at by the neighborhood bottom feeders is the worst but unfortunately society puts the onus on women to “ward off” or begrudgingly ignore perverts as opposed to TAKING STREET HARRASSERS OFF THE STREETS. If you think these “anti-pervert” leggings are ridiculous, you should come with me as I go about my daily routine in the public space; the amount of unfiltered and uncontested harassment I encounter when I’m just trying to take care of my bizz is what’s really ridiculous.