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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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  • purplerosecharm By purplerosecharm
    10.16.09  

    The China government introduced the "1 child policy" to control the population growth in the country. I won't say that it's wrong in this sense but the execution is pretty sad. Some women who are already in their second or final trimester would be forced to abort when they are caught having the 2nd ones. And, if the women are not legally married, they will not allowed to have babies. Once they are caught, again, they are forced to have abortion. That's why so many women go to Hong Kong to give born to their 2nd or 3rd ones. Recently, it has been controlled too. Their 2nd or 3rd kids born overseas also count and these kids will not have political status, no ID, no benefits. They are just like nobody or non-existing. It's very very sad.

  • purplerosecharm By purplerosecharm
    10.16.09  

    One more reason why there're so many single men in China now - women in China marry men from the other countries who come to China to work or just simply want to find wives. A lot of women in China want to marry foreigners just to get visas to leave the country. In Hong Kong, Singapore, instead, there are so many single women who cannot find husbands.

  • agaphmou By agaphmou
    10.18.09  

    the easy answer would be to lift the one child per couple law,but then what? The population would increase drasticly more,and they are already very overpopulated.

  • junconventional By junconventional
    10.20.09  

    The government tries to control the population. It's the parents that are opting to abort girls not the government forcing them into having an abortion. Women are more likely to miscarry boys which is why in this country women outnumber men. It's not my place to determine what right/wrong in another place, however since people are opting for boys then yes you need to lift the ban. All this outrage - we allow anyone to have kids whether or not they are able or have the ability to afford kids.

  • Penny2me By Penny2me
    10.22.09  

    I'm saddened by the state of that country that would abort babies because of their gender.

  • JMaynard85 By JMaynard85
    10.28.09  

    why cant they just appreciate what god has blessed them with! Now China will be paying for its poor decision. Altho What I would be interested in is if they factored in the gay community or only heterosexual.

  • joy9281 By joy9281
    11.01.09  

    If the country of china had allowed their female offspring to live they would have not had this problem at all.

  • sharman421 By sharman421
    11.02.09  

    Aborting babies? Delivering unwanted females? China has been doing this for years. This is why most, if not all, of the adopted Chinese babies here in the states are girls. Sad state of affairs when a government can tell a couple how many children they can have. And yet another sad state of affairs when that couple has a preconceived notion that male children are better than female children! As a mother of 3 intelligent, gifted, and loving daughters, I can only say I am sickened by this inhumane, archaic, communist ideal.

  • Katria By Katria
    11.05.09  

    Why not consider at least putting the child up for adoption if you prefer a boy or girl? That way the other people looking for a child who cannot have one of their own have a chance as well, and may dilute out the "only boy baby" thoughts.

  • la_cuata184 By la_cuata184
    11.11.09  

    It's sad that so many female children are being aborted. I'm glad I live in America where I can decide how many children I'm going to have. Maybe it's a good thing that all these men won't be able to find wives, because then they won't have children and they won't contribute to the overpopulation. It's a sad situatiion that hopefully someone can find a solution to.

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