We see evidence of China’s growing gender gap all around us – every time a new ladies’ night crops up at a bar, for instance. But now in China, according to a new study, there are officially 32 million more boys than girls under the age of 20.
The gap doesn’t show any signs of getting smaller – in 2005, over 1.1 million more boys than girls were born, according to a Newsday article about the study. That means that we we’ll be seeing the effects of this cavernous gender gap on dating and marriage for at least another 20 or 25 years.
The problem is almost certainly due to China’s one-child policy and the ease with which many Chinese parents can choose to abort their female fetuses. Although Shanghainese couples have recently begun start having more female babies, the trend has yet to reverse in rural China, where families are allowed to have a second child if the first turns out to be a girl. Among second children, the ratio of boys to girls is 143 to 100.
And as if it weren’t hard enough for Chinese boys to find a girl to date, the issue of Chinese girls dating foreigners exploded again on the net today in a controversial blog post by a female Zhejiang University student.
From Chinageeks’ translation of the post:
At other schools I don’t know, but at Zhejiang University all the beautiful, excellent girls are taken by foreigners. First class girls are all sleeping in villas, second class girls are sleeping in hotels and flats, only third class girls can accompany these wretched looking Chinese guys in their tiny dormitory beds, and facing a roommate, fool around a bit. If they’re not ashamed, I’m ashamed for them.
Her post understandably received a lot of netizen backlash, but Chinese girl – foreign guy pairs are clearly still as popular as ever… to the chagrin of a growing number of lonely Chinese guys.
On the bright side: Gay pride is finally gaining acceptance (at least in the more cosmopolitan areas), so of those 32 million guys, maybe the 3 million or so not interested in girls will be comfortable enough to look for love elsewhere.
Photo by Marco Bono.