It’s easy to be tough when you have a good reason to be tough. Pulling a rickshaw all day is a piece of cake when you’re poor, which is why Chinese men always had a manly quality about them, even if they walk around with their hands clasped behind their back.
But now as China’s government is shrinking, and so their economy is growing, some Chinese men, who have become known as “City Jade Men,” are using their extra income to indulge their feminine side:
The Chinese men’s skin-care market may reach $269.6 million this year, compared with $227.4 million for North America, according to Euromonitor. The research company forecast annual growth of 29 percent from last year to 2014, compared with 5.7 percent for North America and 7.9 percent in Europe.
Why are Chinese men dolling themselves up to look even more like dolls than they already do? L’Oreal’s Shanghai-based general manager, aptly named Jean-Michel Ripoll, has an answer:
“In the U.S. or Mediterranean countries, when we tried to tell men to use cosmetics they would say: ‘Come on. I’m a man and creams are for girls.’ In China we don’t have to fight against that.”
Thanks to the feminine values of humility and community—as opposed to arrogance and individuality—absorbed in the Chinese culture for millennia, Chinese men see nothing wrong with being girls. According to Liang Guang, a 29-year-old architect from Beijing, there isn’t even a difference between men and women when it comes to how they look:
“I think men and women are equal in terms of making themselves look good.”
It’s easy to think girls want guys to be pretty because that’s what we like about girls. Lemmy hasn’t plowed 5,000 girls because he takes care of his skin. In fact, whatever the opposite of taking care of your skin is, that’s what Lemmy does.
Not surprisingly, Guang goes on much like a women who doesn’t know when to stop talking:
“Although you don’t automatically get a girlfriend or get praised by your boss [by wearing makeup], the truth is, every morning when you wake up and use the stuff you get confidence you need for the day.”
If wearing skin cream makes you more confident, then you’re putting too much emphasis on your looks. Sean Connery has pores the size of avocados, but he had confidence because he was comfortable with conflict, assertive with women, and most importantly, he never had to live with the thought that he needed to apply makeup to be confident.
Maybe this is the real reason that China is becoming an economic power. With an over-abundance of men due to their one-child policy, and given their attitude about what makes men attractive, I sense many men are going to die virgins. This leaves them more time and energy to make money, which is why the hypersexual Greeks have none. Also because they buy indoor waterfalls.