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Girly men cause a men shortage in China?

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Walking around a beauty shop, you can find a number of men enjoying skin care, getting Botox injections and discussing the plastic surgery previously thought of as girly. Akin to actors in Korean dramas, they represent a stereotype of "girly men".
美容诊所转一转,你会发现里面男孩不在少数,他们也和女孩一样在护肤、讨论整形、打肉毒杆菌等,每位皆如韩剧里男主角,真是"脂粉男"当道最好表征。 


There is a saying in China, "A woman will doll herself up for the man who loves her". It applies to men as well. As men are trying to appear more handsome, cosmetics and skin care products for men are selling well. The global market for such products is valued at USD 3.3 billion, and growing at double-digits every year. Men in South Korea consume most of these products. Some men in their 20s will not leave home before they treat themselves with facial masks, day cream and sunscreen lotion. Some use eyeliner, and after returning home, they remove their makeup and use anti-aging care products.
女为悦己者容,这句话同样适用在男人身上,为了美男形象,男性化妆品及保养品大领风骚,此种产品的世界市场,规模为33亿美元,每年成长率都是双位数,其中韩国男性(以打造脂粉男偶像剧出名)平均消费世界第一。一些20几岁的男性每天都敷面膜、擦完日霜与防晒乳才会出门,有的人还会上点眼线,回家后,就要卸妆、擦抗老保养品。


In this diversified era, girly man and tough guy are both two popular images, but according to scientists and sociologists, the men shortage crisis accompanied by the popularity of girly men should be looked into with more detail.
在多元化时代,脂粉男和铁汉男各具魅力,但是最近教育及社会学家眼中,伴随脂粉男风潮出现的男孩危机,更值得重视。

Sun Yunxiao, an education specialist from China, says in one of his books, "There are four crises related to growing up and education for boys, namely the studying crisis, psychological crisis, physical crisis, and social crisis, mainly because ratio of male and female teachers in the basic subjects is unbalanced, and fathers are too busy with their work while their children are growing up.
中国教育专家孙云晓在他写的一本书中说,男孩成长与教育有四大危机:学业危机、心理危机、体质危机、社会危机。其中主要原因是基础教育的老师性别失衡,及父亲忙于工作,无法陪伴男孩成长。

All kindergartens and primary schools in China are dominated by female teachers,  with the rate between women teachers and men at about 3:1. Since the kindergarten and primary school period is critical for a part of a childs character development, many education experts believe that boys and girls differ in their demands. Boys demand more from teachers and are affected more by their teachers; they should be taught to be show and acknowledge their maleness in a relaxed environment. Some researchers believe that schools dominated by female teachers tend to adopt the teaching approaches and evaluation methods suitable for girls.
不管哪个地区,小学及幼儿园教师女性占多数,约为3比1,而这时是孩童性格发展关键期,很多教育专家认为男孩女孩学习方式有别,而且男孩对老师的要求更高,更受到老师影响,男生需要更坚毅却更宽松的教育,有学者研究说,女老师居多的学校,倾向采用女性喜欢的教学方式和评价方法。
 
Female teachers are more meticulous and affectionate, but they are unable to teach boys to be masculine.
女老师细腻、温柔,但是缺乏给予男孩发展阳刚质量的认识及指导。

There are not enough male teachers to act as rolemodels for boys at school. At home, fathers are busy with their work, some working overseas. One half of Chinese families have boys, but they don't have the male rolemodel as their fathers are usually not present. As a result, they will stress their male characteristics to differ from girls around them, being boorish and violent; or they may learn from girls behavior and adopt a more outwardly feminine character.
男孩在学校缺乏足够男性老师作为性别典范,在家里父亲忙于公务,甚或飘洋过海谋生,可能一半家里都有男孩,长久父亲不在,男孩缺乏男性典范,这时男孩有两种倾向,一是故意强调与周遭女性不同的异性特征,如霸道,武力相向,或者学习周围女性,成为娘娘腔,阴柔多于阳刚。

No matter what kind of persona is being brought up by the environment and the family lifestyle characteristics as being responsible, trustworthy, determined and cooperative are the key to a engaged and satisfying life in the modern society.
不管男孩倾向阴柔,是否受到脂粉男风潮所引起,但在现今社会中,不管铁汉或脂粉男,女强人或弱女子都得具备这些特质,如负责、诚信、坚毅和弹性,这些特质能帮助他们适应现代社会。


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2016-06-24

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