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30 Million Bachelors Need A Wife

30 Million Bachelors Need A Wife

If any of your male friends have ever complained that it's difficult to meet women you may want to tell them about some recent reports coming from China.  It is being estimated that in the next 20 years some 30 million men living in China will be unable to find a wife.  A recent article from Fox News says the ratio of boys to girls in some areas of China are 130 boys to 100 girls. 

The reason China has a good deal more men within their population than women is due to the one child policy the government has put in place as a way to control their enormous population.  Since each couple is allowed to have one child many couples opt to abort a female child if they are able to determine the gender through a sonogram early in the pregnancy. 

Traditionally male children are preferred within the Chinese culture.  Fortunately, this sentiment may soon be changing due to the increase China has seen recently with women in the workplace.  BernardCoquelin , from the U.N. Population Fund, spoke with Fox News about the latest trend of women moving to the bigger cities for work and marriage and how this will affect tradition. Coquelin says, "More than 50 percent of the population will be in the cities.  So that means this will be very strong change of traditions, behaviour of couples, or women, including this kind of son preference."

But as things stand now mothers, fathers, and grandparents find the need to gather at Shanghai's 'People's Park Number Five' every weekend trying find their sons (and grandsons) a wife.  They bring with them posters and photographs of the prospective husband in a desperate attempt to entice a woman who essentially has a lot of potential mates to choose from. 

What do you think of the news coming out of China that 30 million men will probably be unable to find a wife?

Do you think there should be rules in place to make sure couples do not abort a baby simply based on gender?

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  • momagarry By momagarry
    10.12.09  

    Wow! That is a lot of single men!

  • lsabrinap By lsabrinap
    10.12.09  

    Do you think there should be rules in place to make sure couples do not abort a baby simply based on gender?? UMMM YES and no, if there wasnt a one child policy in the first place there would be no need for a law to make sure neither sex is unfairly aborted. I honestly cant believe this is just becoming an issue. I thought about this problem about 10 yrs ago when it was a newer law in china. I mean really this wasnt forseeable? So ok they overlooked an obvious problem but perhaps its for the best as now women who did not have much power or importance before may finally be able to ask for some things and not feel replacable and insignificant. This is going to cause huge shifts in Chinas culture, but maybe it wont be a bad thing. For now just lift the one child law and it will begin to balance out again.

  • woobeley By woobeley
    10.13.09  

    I can't believe its OK that all these babies are being aborted. Unbelievable!

  • meladrian30 By meladrian30
    10.13.09  

    I believe that this is an outrage that abortion is condoned. Having either a female child or male child is a blessing. I would never there. what if a person has twins?

  • mindfull By mindfull
    10.13.09  

    From a counrty such as china where they do not have the freedom that we live with daily, do you pity the families that have to chose if they want a male or female child or do you become outraged at a goverment that makes such laws, I wonder how a person can become so callous as to end something so wonderful as a child, Maybe the goverment will open their eyes and see the need to stop this stupid law,or just make it law that No one should have a child when the country is so over populated.

  • L_camille By L_camille
    10.14.09  

    That law would be great, abortion is beyond wrong. But in their eyes having a girl is kind of a curse, having a boy means the family name gets carried on, therefore, their government will never allow such a law to happen. I am just glad we are AMERICAN where having either sex is a blessing.

  • bongsrey By bongsrey
    10.14.09  

    Wow!! Where were they when I was single? lol. It might be a quality not quantity issue too with all those single men. On a serious note: It would be better to have China lift the "1 child only" law. It would also be beneficial to teach people that girls are not a curse but a blessing. I have 2 girls and my Asian husband wouldn't trade them in or anything! It is sad to think that girls are second class citizens in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Without women, there would be no one left on earth!

  • Alyssarae92293 By Alyssarae92293
    10.14.09  

    I think this is absoulutley insane!!!.... Aborting your baby just because they're girls?! All those men deserve to be single for what they're doing in china!

  • fairyeyed By fairyeyed
    10.15.09  

    In response to meldrian30: I believe that if there are twins, a significant fee needs to be paid to "allow" the child to live.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    10.15.09  

    Can't you just see a new reality show about this??? Wouldn't surprise me one bit! As far as the gender thing...it's really messed up. We all know girls are smarter than boys! No, in all seriousness, I cannot imagine aborting a life because of gender. I'm so glad we live in America.

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