Strange But True: Nipple-spacing regulations cause furore in China


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Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests that if the distance between your nipples isn’t 46% of the distance between your pupil and your ear you shouldn’t bother entering the central Hubei Province University Beauty Contest. The officials won’t let you participate.

The organisers explained that they had compiled definitions of beauty from traditional Chinese sources and modern Western values gleaned from the internet. Nipple distance and pupil/ear ratios seem to be thing.

The response from would be contestants has been less than positive and Chinese cyberspace is humming with debate, derision and argument.

Nobody to my knowledge has yet suggested that traditional Chinese foot binding (the practise of tightening bandages around female infants’ feet to restrict growth and produce beautifully tiny feet and in the process making the girls’ toes fall off and crippling them for life) should be a pre-requisite for a Hubei beauty contestant’s eligibility.

But with China you never…

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3 Responses to “Strange But True: Nipple-spacing regulations cause furore in China”

  1. Hugh Paxton Says:

    This was a re blog of a blog I posted some time ago. I suspect nothing much has changed. But it is a dated example so don’t quote it as if it is happening now! Hugh .

  2. Stella Says:

    Sounds like what you’d get if you asked a government committee to define beauty. Mind you, the Greek sculptor Polykleitos did something similar and he helped inspire the Renaissance.

  3. Hugh Paxton Says:

    Correct again, Stella! A body perfect in every hew and thew but with a discretely small willy. Ancient Greek steroid abuse? Or perhaps in the case of Polyklietos/us and his school(s), lots of muscle bound hunks with homo-erotic urges and too much marble on their hands? And perhaps a sense of practical artistry? Not much point in attracting vandalism or kids swinging on things by adding obviously tempting protracting organs. I think we are destined by art, culture, politics and advertising to make us feel physically inadequate. Bottom line for this force seems to be the Dawkins Sellfish Gene striving for superior reproduction. Quite why all the greatest artists ancient and modern, are/were gay or religious freaks might give Dawkins material for a new book.

    I suspect one reason ISIS and Jihadists hide themselves in shrouds is to disguise their lack of Godly stature and their abundance of bad teeth, scrawny feet and pimples. But that is quite off the point!

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