A picture of a 'hairy stockings' invention has gone viral on Chinese social media site, Weibo after its inventor described them as a defence against perverts.  
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19 Jun 2013 - 11:41 AM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 10:48 AM

Designed to repel unwanted leers and advances from men, the stockings when worn give the appearance of a pair of extremely hairy legs.

A tongue-in-cheek caption accompanied the photo posted on the site: "Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out."

The post was widely circulated after drawing mixed reactions from Chinese netizens.

One user of the micro-blogging platform noted that these would be "essential for the subway" while another said, "This will not only prevent against perverts, it'll definitely also result in preventing handsome guys from approaching you."

Whether this type of hosiery is actually available for purchase seems unlikely, there's no product link on the post and it could quite concievably be a Photoshop prank.