A 28 year old receptionist in Hankou, Hubei province was told she had to work overtime during the national holiday week because she didn’t ‘have a boyfriend at home’ and would obviously have a lot of extra time with no one to make sandwiches for every night, according to Chinanews.com.cn (via GBTimes).
On Friday, a manager asked Xiao where she will go for the holidays. When the receptionist said she won’t be traveling anywhere but will just use the free days to rest at home, the boss decided she should work instead.
“You have to work hard for couple of days. Our unit needs someone to work overtime because the customer wants to see results right after the National Day,” the boss told, according to Xiao.
The manager then told Xiao, “Anyway, you don’t have a boyfriend waiting at home and you’ll get triple salary for overtime.”
Xiao, who said she didn’t care about the money, was extremely depressed by her dick-of-a-boss, saying “I never thought I would be discriminated against at work because I’m single”.
As we know, single women in China past the age of 27, or “leftover women”, are often besmirched by the public and even popular media, and many women are forced to choose between having a boyfriend or having a successful career. Reports the New York Times:
[Since] 2007 the central government has conducted a propaganda media campaign on “leftover” women (sheng nü), stigmatizing urban, educated women over the age of 27 who are still single. The barrage of insults has intensified pressure on urban, educated women to abandon their efforts to pursue higher education and to focus instead on getting married before they become “too old” to find a husband.
The pressure for a woman in China to be married and successful is so high that some women go to the extreme lengths of undergoing plastic surgery just to ensure a decent job / boyfriend combo.
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