Negotiating love and life on Fei Cheng Wu Rao/If You Are The One – (7) Gendered imaginaries

This is part 7 of a series of 9 blogposts. Read other posts in the series here:
(1) Introduction
(2) The physical
(3) The body specific
(4) Demographical compatibility
(5) Family life
(6) Self-identity
(7) Gendered imaginaries
(8) Personal interests and abstract metaphors
(9) Existential navigations

This seventh installment aims to loosely thematize some discursive negotiations of love and life based on season 5 of Fei Cheng Wu Rao (非诚勿扰)/If You Are The One around ‘Gender imaginaries’. [Image heavy]

Screen grabs obtained from ‘Commemorative Fashion Shoes‘ Tumblr with permission from the owner

(a) Strict gender boundary policing here, folks. Men better resemble masculine males; women better resemble feminine females.

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Unless, of course, you’re the keen family/friend attempting to market the male contestant to the fullest of your abilities.

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Or if you were extremely confident in yourself…

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(b) And sexy is in.

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The women are mostly self-assured of their appeal too.

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But perhaps nothing is as sexy as providing for one’s intimate biological… conditions.

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(c) Some men have more… basic requirements in an ideal partner.

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This could be due to prior experience with rejection.

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Although, at times, these desires involve some cyborg/frankenstein mishmash.

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(d) Despite their multi-layered complexities, some women believe they are plain janes.

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Any thoughts? Beep me! Installment eight on Personal interests and abstract metaphors to come.

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