An image of a woman wearing "hairy leg stockings" went viral recently, first on Sibo Weibo – kind of like China’s version of Twitter – and later on other social media platforms including Facebook.
The caption under the photo reads, "Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out." So I guess the "purpose" of the world’s first "anti-pervert stockings" is to scare off stalkers and attackers, assuming, of course, they are completely grossed out by female leg fur.
I don’t know if this product is real, but it's certainly getting a lot of mixed online responses and generating a lot of conversation. Woman are divided into three camps, it seems: horrified by the ugliness, horrified by the logic that such a product would even exist or both.
Personally, I think they're just plain stupid.
First of all, I’ll go months without shaving my legs in the wintertime so the sight of legs with beards is nothing I’ve never seen before nor am I appalled by. (However, I do admit these stockings are particularly unappealing looking. Even the way the photo was shot make them look more like the legs of a primate than a person.)
If anyone was actually meant to believe that wearing these stocking would work to protect women from getting hit on or worse is ridiculous. Obviously men and women are into lots of things that are far fetishier than hairy legs. And some people – let’s try to imagine this – aren’t deeply moved at all by leg hair because, um, it’s just leg hair?
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