Body Shaming in Different Forms for Males and Females in Modern Urban Chinese Society
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- body shaming; othering; female self-objectification; male homosexual social desire; Sissy shaming; misogyny; patriarchy; China
Body shaming has long been seen within society. It incorporates not only the outward appearance, but the overall image presented which includes temperament, clothing, cosmetics, and so on. Certain beauty standards, although especially rigid for females, can make both genders their victims. This paper aims at elaborating the nature of this act by comparing its manifestations towards males and females in modern urban Chinese society. A case study is used in this paper to illustrate respectively representative body shaming acts for two genders. For females, it has been seen that body shaming leads to self-objectification. Victims are accused of not being an adequate female if they failed to fit themselves into any beauty standard. For males, body shaming is closely related to masculinity and “Sissy shaming”, which is an act of discrimination towards males’ manifestations of femininity, is its main form. After analyzing and interpreting the cases, we come to conclude that the practice of body shaming is based on gender-stereotype which is for the benefit of patriarchy. As a result, body shaming towards whichever gender is a manifestation of hatred towards femininity, which can be concluded as misogyny.
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TY - CONF AU - Jiran Li PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/29 TI - Body Shaming in Different Forms for Males and Females in Modern Urban Chinese Society BT - Proceedings of the 2021 3rd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 239 EP - 243 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211120.044 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211120.044 ID - Li2021 ER -