the current dearth of sexts hasn’t stopped chinese text message snark. the latest mocks poverty and environmentalism:
there’s a new nickname for men without a house, a car and a girl — low-carbon bro.
of note, the “three withouts” in this message are possessions – a house, a car, and a girl. once upon a time in shenzhen, “three withouts” referred to status: no shenzhen hukou, no job, and no home… so an interesting shift in nomenclature. we seem to have gone from seeing the importance of status to seeing the disgrace when one lacks possessions. it could also indicate the extent that those without status are no longer seen at all and the new butts of these jokes are not the truly dispossessed, but unemployed college graduates.