A company in Shanghai wants to help women find an “elite Westerner” husband in 90 days or less according to the SCMP.
The course, Seek-a-Husband Training Programme, is targeted at so-called “shengnu” or “leftover women” (which, we should remind you, is sexist bullshit) and divorced women over the age of 35, though many younger women take the course.
The prices for the course run from 2,800 yuan for a one-day course to 100,000 yuan for the “unlimited” package.
The creator of the course, Liang Yali, explains that: “Many Chinese women over the age of 35 experience difficulties finding husbands domestically, but in the west, in many foreigners’ minds, women aged 35 are seen as most attractive.”
Liang claims that she is not teaching women how to find rich sugar daddies, telling the newspaper Modern Express: “If your purpose is to find a rich man, please do not sign up. We are in the business of happiness.”
The service Liang is offering makes some sense. People in China are encouraged to marry young, and women, especially, are told that if they do not marry young, they will become dreaded shengnu. Why shouldn’t “older” (by which I mean 27+) Chinese women take advantage of the fact that foreign men don’t find unmarried 30-something women freakish?
But there is something simply distasteful in the idea of a course that teaches people how to marry “Westerners”, and “elite” ones at that.
If Liang’s purpose was to help women to find happiness and to take advantage of the fact that Western men don’t have the age hangups that Chinese men do (and are encouraged to have by government organisations like the All-China Women’s Federation), that would be one thing. But there’s no reason that happiness can only be found with the senior management of multinational firms.
[By Yining Su // Image credit: Michael J Maloney]