February 21, 2013
Some Leftovers

China in the twenty-first century: the phenomena of "leftover women" is causing concern. When they say "under pressure to get married," they're not talking about mom calling occasionally and asking if you're dating someone. In China, the pressure to form a family is so intense it's not at all uncommon for gay people to marry just to get their parents to shut up about it. The angst is also a logical consequence of their "one child" policy. China is still a patriarchal culture, and now that it's suddenly become a seller's market for Chinese women, the men are not at all happy about their new "uppity" attitudes. Expect this sort of thing to go on over there for a long, long time.

Posted by scott at February 21, 2013 06:43 AM

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