Trap Thursday *78

In Asia, female idol groups are a dime a dozen. These days it seems like anyone with a pretty face can throw on a skirt, get up on stage and call themselves the next Kara Generation 48. But it’s always nice when unique acts like Chinese idol unit Alice Weiniang Group are able to make it into the spotlight. You see, in addition to having style and looks, the members of Alice Weiniang Group have something no other Asian idol girl group does: a penis. That’s because all members of the 200-strong idol team are male. Weiniang literally means “fake lady,” or cross-dresser, so we might better refer to them as “Alice Cross-Dresser Group.”

The group was formed in October 2009 and is based in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei in central China. The idea for an all-male cross-dressing idol group came to the founders, a group of college students in a Japanese anime club, when they were stuck having to perform a mixed-gender cosplay show at an anime convention while female members happened to be away. Several of the male members decided to play the females roles on stage and, to their surprise, the costumes were a huge hit with the crowd.

After that, they began organizing cross-dressing cosplay shows for money. While there were only about 20 members at the time of the group’s founding, their ranks have swelled to 200 over the past three years and now they even have their own choreography, make-up, stage and photography team. Most members are college students, but there are also a few working adults in the mix. In order to be admitted to the group, you must have a feminine face and long, slender legs, so it’s natural that most the guys are in their late-teens or early-twenties.

Alice now has a sizable Chinese fanbase and are frequently asked to perform at anime, comic and game conventions and cosplay festivals. Several of the boys have made modeling debuts and one of the most popular members, 20-year-old Haoge, is said to have nearly 14,000 followers on Chinese Twitter-like service, Sina Weibo.

Via RocketNews, submitted by Film Buff


12 thoughts on “Trap Thursday *78”

  1. I immediately thought of Trap Thursday when I ran across this article. Imagine all the confused audience members who can’t believe how attracted they are to these beautiful boys.

  2. This is no big deal to anyone who is familiar with cultures other than those defined as “Western”. Throughout Asia “Ladyboys” are very common. They are sought out by a lot of guys both local and foreign. It’s just another thing on that long scale between that illusion that we think is all black and white. You know? Everything doesn’t have to have a definition. In fact, the best things are those that are impossible to define. Screw this LBGTXYZQPDAYOR stuff.

  3. Alfred, you may have a point.

    I suppose we feel we need to identify as “gay”, “lesbian”, “transgendered” etc whilst others still use it as a stick to beat us with, but it seems like this constant splitting of hairs is just making it more and more into “us and them”. To move forward we need to start leaving this old fashioned thinking behind.

    It’d be nice to imagine a day when all these traps for your mind, sexuality, gender and so forth don’t exist in the same rigid ways they do today. Then perhaps we can all be equals, rather than separate/different but acceptable (to some/most).

    The problem is individuals and groups have become so accustomed to defining themselves by one aspect of the behaviour/personality (gay, lesbian etc) and such definitions have certainly helped in the past, that they won’t let go of this security blanket of “identity” to embrace a less partitioned thinking.

    1. Of course it is very natural to attempt to define ourselves and each other. Hopefully, as a society we will mature to the point we can allow some insight into how fluid our sexuality actually is. It seems that in much of Asia, there is less dependence on religious thinking together with an attitude of acceptance rather than mere tolerance of sexual difference or preference.

  4. There’s 200 of them. Let’s see, at one a day that would last for 6 months without repeating…..

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