Leftover at 27?
February 21, 2013 8:17 AM Subscribe
BBC/NRI reports that women in China are being labeled "sheng nu" or "leftover women" after the age of 27.
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Beyond the traditional family pressure to get married, the Chinese government is applying pressure on single women to get married, fearful that a growing population of single men could cause civil unrest.Pretty girls don’t need a lot of education to marry into a rich and powerful family, but girls with an average or ugly appearance will find it difficult. These kinds of girls hope to further their education in order to increase their competitiveness. The tragedy is, they don’t realize that as women age, they are worth less and less, so by the time they get their M.A. or Ph.D., they are already old, like yellowed pearls.
(Link - NYT
There are also several categories
of leftover women:
25 to 27 years - "leftover fighters,” sheng dou shi
28 to 30-years - “the ones who must triumph,” bi sheng ke
35 and older - “master class of leftover women", qi tian da sheng
reports on why you don't want to be a single woman in China. CBS short video
on the plight of being a picky woman.
It's the subject of much discussion
on the Women's Federation website
and some of the advice given is rather odd:
And once a “leftover” woman finds marital bliss, what should she do if her husband has an affair?
The Women’s Federation comes to the rescue, with the headline, “Faced With A Marital Crisis, Women Need to Improve Themselves”:
When you find out that he is having an affair, you may be in a towering rage, but you must know that if you make a fuss, you are denying the man “face” ... No man is capable of spending a lifetime being loyal to an outmoded wife who never changes ... Try changing your hairstyle or your fashion. Women must constantly change for the better.