Thursday, February 21, 2013
In China Unmarried Over-27 Are Called 'Leftover' Women
Over 27 still Unmarried female, In China, could be labelled "leftover women" by the state. But some professional women in days are happy being single. But most of the women get scary and under pressure when they cross the age of 27-years and being unmarried. Like Huang, who is confident, personable, young woman with a good salary, own apartment, MA degree from a top Chinese university, stil she knows that these days single, urban, educated women like her in China are called 'Sheng nu' or "leftover" women and she says, it stings. Even the websites of the government supposedly feminists All-China Women Federation featured articles about "leftover women", until enough women complained. State-run media started using the term 'Sheng nu' in 2007. The same year the government warned the China's gender imbalance- caused by selective abortion because of one child policy, was a serious problem. The National Bureau of Statistics says there are now more than 20 million men under 30 than women under 30. Ever since 2007, state media have aggressively dissiminated this term in surveys, news reports, columns, cartoons and pictures, basically stigmatising educated women over the age of 27 or 30 who are still single. Census figures for China show that around one women out of five aged 25-29 unmarried. The proportion of unmarried men that age id higher -over a third. But that doers not mean they will easily match-up, since Chinese men tend to 'marry down', both in terms of age and educational attainment. There is an opinion that A-quality guys will find B-quality and B-quality men will find C-quality women and so on a so forth. So leftover women are A quality. It is just opposite situation in Pakistan , where guys seek highly educated woman with hansome salary and own house, whatever the age of woman may be. And the guy may be low educated even, but will find wealthy woman to marry. Some local governments in China have organised matchmaking events where educated young women can meet eligible bachelors. The goal is not to improve gene pool but get as many men paired off and tied as possible to reduce the army of restless unmarried men who could cause social havoc.