Two employees wearing black stockings dance in the company. Photo: screenshot of video posted on Sina Weibo. Male employee fired for not dancing in pantyhose. Photo: screenshot of video posted on Sina Weibo It's the time of year many workers receive annual bonuses, while others face being embarrassed for not meeting their company's goals. A man surnamed Gao says he was required to humiliate himself by his company in Shaoxing, East China's Zhejiang Province and when he refused, he was fired.
In the sixteenth century, it would be perfectly normal for a respectable gentleman to be seen wearing hose, as it was then known - Henry VIII was even reputed to have padded his in order to make his legs appear more masculine. Since then, however, fashions have changed, and with the odd exception such as leggings for running or cycling, hosiery has become a purely feminine affair, longer and thinner than its male counterpart. A man might wear thick, knee-high socks for playing sports, but never gossamer thin stockings that reach up to his thighs - novelty socks with humorous designs on them are about as exciting as men's hosiery ever gets, and even they're often more boyish than manly.