anti-radiation maternity clothing
June 29, 2011 11:43 AM   Subscribe

What's with the anti-radiation maternity clothing on Chinese wholesale sites like milanoo?

They aren't like the lead aprons you wear for X-Rays at the dentist; these are just regular clothes that are supposed to protect you (or your fetus?) from radiation. Is this a scared-of-cell-phone-radiation thing? A tinfoil hat thing? A weird fad? Googling seemed mainly to return Chinese wholesale sites; is fear of radiation effecting fetuses a thing in China?
posted by NoraReed to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (11 answers total)
I would have thought it's about radiation from the sun.
posted by The Toad at 11:50 AM on June 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

i doubt they'd do anything that would do anything meaningful towards radiation... just wear a magnetic bracelet and it'll fix you...
posted by fozzie33 at 11:52 AM on June 29, 2011

I would have thought it's about radiation from the sun.

Light _from the sun_ and its negative effect on a _fetus_?

That's a tinfoil hat thing. What kind of radiation? All clothing protects you from alpha and beta radiation, for example, and unless you're wearing a faraday cage none of it protects you from electromagnetic radiation. And what protection is your fetus getting from clothes when you're breathing the local air and eating the local food?

It's bullshit. Save your money and wear a hat.
posted by mhoye at 11:53 AM on June 29, 2011

Response by poster: If it's a tinfoil hat thing, where is it coming from?
posted by NoraReed at 11:54 AM on June 29, 2011

from an amazon

basically, "protect" a fetus from cell phones, microwaves, and stuff most people are around all the time with no ill effect...
posted by fozzie33 at 11:54 AM on June 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

I wouldn't be surprised if there was some worry about radiation from the Fukushima meltdown in China.
posted by that girl at 12:20 PM on June 29, 2011 [3 favorites]

regardless, the "technology" they are claiming would not help from nuclear radiation...
posted by fozzie33 at 12:24 PM on June 29, 2011

It's a Chinese thing. A few years ago Chinese women were all walking around wearing huge, tilt-down plastic sun visors that covered their whole face. Maybe they still are. I don't live as close to a huge, concentrated Chinese population as I used to.

(For Koreans it's electric fans. For Americans it's supply-side economics. For the Chinese it appears to be sunlight. Everyone's got something they're stupid about.)
posted by Naberius at 12:25 PM on June 29, 2011 [5 favorites]

Xu, 21 years old at that time, found that the anti-radiation clothing, which can block the radiation from computers, TVs and microwave ovens, was little recognized in China, while anti-radiation clothing for pregnant women, protecting the growing babies from any radiation was very popular in Singapore.

Her father, who thought the market was very narrow, reluctantly agreed to her suggestion to turn the company gradually from traditional clothing production to high-tech anti-radiation clothing. [uh, not guaranteed to not be a press release]

posted by dhartung at 4:12 PM on June 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Before we turn this thread completely over to laughing at the Chinese, please note that lots of western medical authorities would discourage pregnant women from sunbathing during pregnancy because of the unknown effects on them, the foetus, their body's levels of folic acid etc.

UV is "radiation", right?
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:02 PM on June 29, 2011

Could it have something to do with airport security scanners/X-rays?
posted by cp311 at 10:28 PM on June 29, 2011

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