Zhao’s no-makeup look is a much-needed endorsement for women in China, where few public figures dare to break away from traditional beauty requirements.
While terms deriding men’s behavior have been gaining traction in the west for years, observers say China is now coining its own phrases, thanks in part to comedians like Yang Li, who coined the phrase “How can he be so average, yet so full of confidence?” during one of her stand up routines. The phrase has swiftly been taken up by women desperate to describe their experiences of men with outsized egos who are oblivious to the privileges associated with their gender.
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“Women’s dreams are still being restrained, their value being underestimated, and their potential being suppressed. While the notion of ‘men and women holding up the sky together’ has been acknowledged by more people, working women still have to bear more judgment due to factors ranging from cultural attitudes towards work and traditional beliefs about the role of women as homemakers.”
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