Mr. Wu Xiuming, Deputy Secretary General of the Shanxi Social Development Association, a non-governmental organization specializing in research on social development, has called on the country’s officials to urgently address the increase in the number of adults. Unmarried by encouraging urban “idle” girls to go to the countryside, where a few million men are still struggling to find wives.
Mr. Wu urged the girls “should not be afraid of living in the countryside.”
In China, the word sheng nu, meaning “elf”, is a term used to refer to unmarried women over the age of 27, even though educated and living in urban areas.
Mr. Wu’s proposal was quickly criticized. On social media, many people say that this opinion does not match the real situation.
“What mind can think of that idea? Does he see a big difference between the two groups? Basically they live in two parallel worlds, so it has been very difficult for them to talk to each other, ”wrote one on the Weibo social network.
“Even rural women don’t want to marry rural men, let alone city women. Do you think city women are idiots? ” another wrote.
“This is an animal pairing thought. In the expert’s eyes, these two groups of people are just animals, ”commented one person.
Sharon Sun, a 38-year-old single woman who works in the real estate industry in Shanghai, says she doesn’t see a rural man as a potential partner.
“Dating a country man is impossible for me. It won’t happen even if there are no more men in the world, ”Sun said.
China’s sex ratio is among the most unbalanced in the world, with 114 men per 100 women, making it 30 million more men than women. The average global sex ratio is 105 boys per 100 girls, according to World Health Organization data.
The sex imbalance in China is a consequence of the one-child policy, while Chinese society prefers only boys. The new one-child policy was canceled a few years ago.
According to ST