Recently, China banned effeminate men from television in a common sense and rather epic move that we should have in America also.
The usual suspects were utterly furious and shouting its another cultural revolution, trying to scare people into not respecting the fact this was done.
Many wondered, amid the common prosperity campaign being waged by President Xi Jinping, what would be next and reporting from Gabriel Wildau is indicating that the chatter in Beijing is that the plastic surgery and beauty enhancement industry is next to be cracked down upon.
I'm hearing chatter that the plastic surgery / beauty enhancement industry may be the next target of China's "common prosperity" campaign. Unrealistic beauty standards are a source of psychological stress. Broke university students take out personal loans to pay for surgery.
— Gabriel Wildau (@gabewildau) September 8, 2021
Wildau’s reporting has turned out to be true as the state media outlet and Chinese Communist Party mouth piece, the Global Times has reported the beginning plans of a crackdown to come. In an article titled “China’s plastic surgery industry preys on young people’s ‘appearance anxiety.” In the article it announced the first step set to be taken against this industry and it has also given an indication something more is being planned, beyond just this. It details in the article how kids and young adults are targeted viciously by this.
The Global Times noted one particular case of a young woman who has been put through the most extreme pressures possible in order to live up to these beauty standards.
Violet (pseudonym), a 26-year-old English teacher at a high school in Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, recently went to a cosmetic surgery clinic after feeling pressure by her colleagues and even her students, many of whom have become addicted to undergoing plastic surgery in the pursuit of a prettier face or figure.
“As a young woman, living in Chongqing and Chengdu [the capital city of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province] is as stressful as there are so many people with beautiful faces who like internet influencers walking down the street. No wonder I am always single as I am not attractive in my appearance,” Violet told the Global Times in a pessimistic tone, admitting that she has a serious problem with “appearance anxiety.”
She said that every year after taking the national college entrance examinations, a certain number of her female students will always undergo “double eyelid” surgery to make their eyes appear bigger, and that most of her female colleagues have become “regular visitors” of many cosmetic beauty clinics.
“I admit that a person with a pretty face and a fit figure can have better opportunities finding jobs or seeking help from others,” she said.
According to the Global Times, the Chinese beauty industry if unchecked is going to reach 200 billion dollars in worth by 2030. It noted further “Statistics show that in 2019, there were about 13,000 qualified medical cosmetology institutions in China, 15 percent of which carry out surgeries they are not licensed to do, while the number of unlicensed medical cosmetology institutions outnumbers those with license, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.
Deng Liqiang, director of the China Health Law Society detailed how he has seen 16-year-old girls go to clinics for breast augmentation surgeries and he warned that “The young trend in the cosmetic surgery field will continue distorting the values of younger generations if the authorities do not conduct a strict crackdown.”
The State Administration for Market Regulation on Saturday took the first actions to crack down on China’s beauty industry as it issued “a draft on its official WeChat account containing guidelines for the enforcement of medical beauty advertising, noting that it plans to ban medical beauty advertisements that prey on people’s “appearance anxiety.”
The evidence is increasingly clear that the planned banning of the ads for this industry is just the beginning of the crack down.
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