Last week, my brother flipped on the TV in our Beijing hotel room. The TV turned on to a Chinese talk show, with a short-haired woman and three men in armchairs.
The woman was in the middle of a speech, " ... women with watermelon shapes tend to be standoffish. They find it harder to make friends, because they're perceived as cold. Women with pear shapes are much warmer toward others, and have an easier time getting boyfriends --"
It's a little silly to generalize personality just from body shape, I thought. Though it's not a big surprise that watermelon-shaped women have a harder time getting asked out.
The woman continued, "There are also traits associated with orange-shaped breasts, pomelo-shaped breasts...."
She was talking about breast shapes, not body shapes! And what the hell is the difference between orange shape and pomelo shape?
The talk show went on for another twenty minutes, and the sole theme was: breasts.
The next day, I went to see "Curse of the Golden Flower", the currently playing hot movie in theatres:
The emperor's concubines and maids wore corsets that pushed their bosoms up, causing them to jiggle as the ladies walked. There were a few scenes of the maids doing collective dancing or running. The camera panned over a sea of jiggling jugs.
Yesterday I flipped through a chinese tabloids. Half the advertisements are for breast augmentation surgery. One said, "Improve your career! Get the wealth and lifestyle you want, ten years earlier! We've helped hundreds of women, now let us help you!"
Why this sudden obsession with jugs?