Chongqing Normal University (重庆师范大学) and Southwest Normal University (西南大学), both located in Chongqing prefecture, became the first two institutions to ban their students from “being an escort, a mistress or having one-night stands” recently, a move that has caused wide debate about what students do and how to police them.
University students getting side jobs as mistresses to the moderately rich and horny is not exactly new news. There’s been a long standing tradition of liking a “well-educated” young woman since before the Communist era, and foreign media has been reporting on the resurgance of modern day concubines since 2005, which means that it’s probably been happening for at least a decade more. Since at least 2007, some of these university girls have been writing out clearly defined mistress contracts – putting that good learnin’ to use!
So how have universities only now become aware of this, or why have they just decided to do something about this now?
Maybe it’s the amount of attention the practice has suddenly gotten in the last year or so. Web portals have run interviews with Chinese university mistresses (before having it pulled) and girls have recounted their experiences in foreign media as well (well, Vice Magazine, if you can count that).
Gold diggers showing up on TV shows like If You Are The One, and their subsequent popularity (and banning) probably didn’t help the situation. Heck, family affairs organizations have even launched a a frickin’ “tv competition” called “Dealing with Mistresses Skillfully and Protecting Families.” By the way, if you’re interested in submitting an article that could become part of their “36 Strategies for Dealing with Mistresses” booklet, the address for submitting them can be found here (you have until September 30).
The universities don’t give a reason why they’ve chosen now to tackle the problem, other than to say “The trend of university students becoming mistresses has been more and more serious, if we don’t do anything, it will only harm more students.” Risks for being caught with a married man and/or in a prostitute-like situation will now be expelled.
But they also didn’t give any indication as to how they would enforce this, except to vaguely say that if the public security department finds out about the situation, they’ll take necessary steps. How can you tell if your student just had a one-night stand or if she just stayed over at a relative’s house? Or, as China Daily BBS commenters argued, for every man picking up his mistress is a “family friend” picking up an innocent student. What’s the public security department going to do – follow them home to make sure there’s no hanky panky?
The threat of expulsion is also legally moot – as one lawyer notes, the Ministry of Education explicitly states that you can only expel someone if they’ve done something criminal, and sleeping with someone is no longer illegal.
In the end, the only thing that will solve the problem is when girls get better prospects than to sleep with richer men. As some commentary has noted, the better the college, the less university girls pimping themselves. Maybe if Chongqing Normal and Southwest Normal could convince their student prostitutes that they had futures outside of playing with 40-year-old peen, there’d be fewer of them.