February 08, 2007

an observation

There’s a ‘special’ website for online dating that provides services only for men aged over 24 with a university degree or higher and women aged over 20 with a special training certificate or higher educational backgrounds. It’s called the dating website for the white-collars.

China is one country where there are more males than females. It is also one of the countries in the world where sexism is a part of the culture, deep-rooted and not going anywhere far anytime soon. One of the prime examples of that: there are several exceptions to the One Child Policy planning: if your first child is disabled you are allowed to have a second shot; alternatively, if your first child is a girl, you are allowed to have another child and pray it’ll be a boy. This has been practiced in the more rural areas of China, where boys are potential manpower in the fields and girls are only useful if they are pretty and can be married to a rich person in the future. In the more urbanised areas there is a common belief that girls/women with PhDs will have a very hard time finding a husband. Women with the single virtue to bend over backwards to accommodate their husbands are the ‘best-selling’ ones.

China is known for its ability to domesticate everything it imports, be it material goods, tools or ideologies. Perhaps China is yet to domesticate the wave of individualism spread with the expansion of globalisation.


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  1. Tilly Harrison

    Hi! Great to see you still blogging on Warwickblogs! I was just checking out the snow pictures from home on the latest blogs and found your message (what time was it in Beijing – it looks like 3 am!!). Tossing up whether I can get through the snow on the country roads from home to work or should I stay (Michael’s school is closed but luckily Andy is off work today).

    About intelligent women and marriage… they don’t really go together (in any culture) but it isn’t impossible, you just have to lower your standards cos if you want someone who a) isn’t scared of you b) is as intelligent as you are c) likes you, you might have to settle for two out of three…. I was lucky enough to find someone and have a baby before the latter possibility disappeared,

    08 Feb 2007, 08:47


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