Ok, maybe not all of the time but I’m noticing a trend: when some young Chinese want to raise awareness for a cause, they tend to take off their clothes. Seriously.
First I read about a pantless demonstration to save the environment on a Guangzhou subaway, now this: bikini clad girls sweeping the streets to protest power plants.
I found this over at Go Chengdoo, one of my favorite sites for the local happenings in Chengdu area. To quote:
The women didn’t pay any attention to the crowd that had gathered around. One woman, who declined to give her name, said, “We’re willing to suffer through this action, although it’s controversial, in order to protect the tens of thousands of people who live in buildings near the Jialing Power Station.”
The women, who are students of Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu University of Science and Engineering, and the Southwest University for Minority Nationalities, met online. The student of the Chengdu University of Science and Engineering was particularly concerned about the Jialing Power Station due to its proximity to her school. After brainstorming, they decided to stage the protest. “We couldn’t think of any better way,” they said.
Hmmm, and I had always assumed that scantily-clad girls were most effective at selling beer and cheering on sports teams. The Chinese might be on to something here. Sex + important social causes = lots of thought-provoking attention right?
On the other hand, does the seeming silliness of the approach also insulate it from potential consequences from the powers that be? My hunch is that its easier to break up a controversial protest based on signs and slogans rather than one based on bikinis and babes. Like I said, the Chinese might be on to something here.
In any case, Happy Monday.