Please note: I found Creative Commons photos for this post. After attempting to photograph an example of these pants, and feeling quite voyeuristic in the process, I gave up and resorted to stock.
The streets of Kashgar (Western China) fill with children in the evenings when school ends, and the children that are too young for classes make it outside to play with their older siblings. It’s cute how playful Old Town becomes as the locals prepare for the night market meals and kids have their fun.
One evening, as we headed down to find some grub, Pat pointed out a group of small children playing with a ball. They were especially cute, but just as we were about to comment on that fact, one of the small girls fell forward while trying to get the ball, providing us with more than a moon… a straight view of her entire butt spread for humanity to see.
It was shocking. We laughed in a way that was more like feeling sorry for the uncovered little girl. Our Western minds thought that sight was very strange, and we wondered if her pants had been split on accident…
And then we saw them everywhere.
Bare-bummed toddlers. Little boys with their genitals hanging out of their pants. At the park; at the grocery store.
On the streets, children squatted to relieve themselves, leaving behind little puddles of pee that we had to jump over.
Parents picked up their children, hand on bare bums protruding from open-crotched pants. I mean, how can that be sanitary?
Even at the airport, the children running around basically bottom-less is shocking. I started to think that these children might be sitting on airplane seats, and waiting room chairs, with nothing between their bums and the plastic… and nothing between you and a case of pink eye *shudders*.
Yes, ass-less pants – or crotchless pants to be more precise – are all the rage in China.