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Yes... traditional demur chaste womanhood. Doesn't really exist over here, in my part of the USA. The "traditional" gender roles have been effectively annihilated as anything besides advertising commodities and fossilized social norms by the forces of capitalism and history. Businesses like to hire women because they are more docile and less likely to unionize. During my lifetime, the real income of middle class families has only risen because wives have entered the workforce in record numbers. Advertising gets us to buy all kinds of crap we don't need (much of it made in China); people use credit cards to buy this crap; the debt pushes wives into working more hours, because the husbands are already working 40 to 60 hour weeks. And then the pro-business social conservatives slyly smile as they complain about the lack of parenting in the current USA, whilst it was their greed that made "stay-at-home mothers" a luxury affordable only by the rich and those few proles in areas with low costs of living.|
So, hey, tell me all about "Traditional" womanhood, 'cause to me, it's just a fantasy about ancient history.
And what effect will the relative lack of females in the generations born after the institution of the one-child policy have on China? I could cite official PRC statistics bureau data on this, but I think we all know what I'm talking about. The high ratio of surviving male babies to female babies results from the traditional devaluation of daughters... but, soon, PRC women will have "the pick of the litter" when it comes to men, whereas bachelors will have to "take what they can get." And what if they choose to be career women and not reproduce?
Will Chinese men turn to importing brides from, say, Eastern Europe (which has surplus young women) or Africa? What's the racial context there? Heck, move to the USA; a surprisingly large amount of women here find Asian men cute.
Without wives to tie them down, will Chinese men move out of the PRC at a greater rate? (My racial memory is screaming something about a "Yellow Menace" and a "Golden Horde", but I told it to shut up and get with the 21st century).
In my experience of love, which may or may not jibe with anyone else's, ECONOMICS MATTERS - period. "When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window" - Anglo-American proverb. The lowest-earning men in China will presumably find it far harder to attract wives than the middle-earners and highest-earners. Will this painfully drive home the increasing inequities in the PRC, leading to an increase in social unrest?
What is the significance of "traditional womanhood" when "Everything is allowed, nothing too weird"? Does it get washed away or placed on a pedestal?
What about divorce? Will the disparity in availability of alternative mates make divorce good for women and bad for men?
Funny how a "Western Imperialist Chauvinist" like me finds Chinese womanhood so interesting... ;) ... I'm such a cartoonish stereotype sometimes.