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duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.
Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi
ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.
“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi
tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.
Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never
weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.
Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th
em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons
ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”
A delivery man left several cartons of milk and rice cereal at Huaibei Road Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The gi
fts came with a note that said, “Toughest firefighters, promise me to come back safe and sound after every mission.”
An anonymous customer had placed the order for the Thursday afternoon delivery.
On the same day, Fuqiang Street Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang also re
ceived 14 boxes of milk tea and yogurt from an anonymous person, along with a note that s
aid, “Protect yourselves and return safely. You have safeguarded people, and people will safeguard you, too!”
The public outpouring of compassion came after 31 people died in a forest fire in remo
te mountains in Sichuan province on March 31. The dead included 27 firefighters and four locals.
“When we saw the gifts and notes, everyone was deeply to
uched,” said Wei Zishuai, 32, commander of the Huaibei Road Fire Brigade.
“All our hard training and sacrifices are not in vain,” Wei added.