‘Anti-pervert’ Hairy Stockings Apparently Popular in China

A picture of very lifelike, hairy “anti-pevert” stockings on a pair of female legs has taken China’s version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, by storm this week.

They first appeared on a microblogging Chinese site Sina Weibo(China’s version of Twitter), and have become a viral sensation, with one user @HappyZhangJiang describing them as ‘anti-pervert stockings’. Photo: PrincessPeiyi/Flickr

Fashion trends come and go, and not every look is either practical or meant for everyone.

What are hairy stockings? Exactly what they sound like – legwear that mimics the “au naturel” look, meaning unshaven legs with very dark and thick hair. The stockings are definitely a statement piece, although many people might be surprised as what that statement is.

A Chinese company has launched new hairy leg hosiery. This  hairy fashion accessory reportedly sold in China is said to be an unconventional tool to help ward off unwanted male attention.

A user of the Chinese micro-blogging service Sina Welbo described the stockings as, “Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out.”

Actually, calling it “sexy” is probably the wrong word to use, “weird”, “strange” and even “gross” seems to be more appropriate.

Still those “lovely” stockings may really fulfill its main function  – to repel the possible perverts, as even they may be repulsed by the sight of a nubile young girl with gorilla pins that they will forget to assault her.

However, the odd post quickly went viral, garnering both negative and positive responses. Several responses have been sought from the amused and horrified viewers about the image.

“Essential for the subway?” one commenter wrote. “No one will wear them, at least not girls,” another wrote.

Shanghai-based blog ChinaSMACK offered a series of other Sina Weibo posts about the tights, and one user said that emulating Sasquatch could have its drawbacks, writes the NY Daily News.

“This will not only prevent against perverts, it’ll definitely also result in preventing handsome guys from approaching you. When things go to the extreme, they can only go the opposite direction!!!” a witty user wrote.

By raising these points, the anti-pervert hairy stockings and its caption are worth talking about – if not actually wearing. This latest look from China might best be viewed as more of an Internet oddity gone viral than as fashion advice.

Nevertheless ChinaSMACK also noted the photo is one of the most popular on Sina Weibo.

The product reminded a range of textured lace tights released by J. Crew in 2010. The product was used to provide furry look of the legs of the wearer.

According to the International Business Times, the “anti-pervert” aren’t the only alarming trend sweeping Asia right now.

Several reports claim that a music video by the Japanese band Born has sparked an “eyeball licking” trend among Japanese teenagers. The trend, supposedly a dating practice that’s now considered the next “base” after kissing, has even led to a Pink Eye epidemic in high schools.

“From the beginning of this year, sties were practically epidemic in my class. At first, the staff didn’t pay much attention to it, but when there were five kids or 10 kids in a single class who all had eye patches, it really caught the attention of the adults,” one teacher told the Japanese website Naver Matome in an interview that was translated by Japan Crush.

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