China’s one-child policy, created to control the growth of the population, is complicated and is complicating the sexual revolution.
By ending the pressure on Chinese women to have many children, this has liberated them. Now Chinese women have the freedom to get an education and find a paying job.
The one-child policy also created another problem. Since Chinese families have always favored having boys, many women get abortions when the fetus is identified as a female. This has led to a growing imbalance between the number of men and women causing millions of poor men to not find a mate. With so many poor men unable to find women, gangs and crime have become a problem.
With this challenge, China also has the fastest growing sex industry in the world. A decade ago, there was little prostitution Today, there are many brothels masquerading as massage parlors, and ome are modeled after the brothels in Thailand.
Capitalism has arrived in all its guises, and the same problems the United States has with sex slavery and drugs is now a problem in China too.
Continued on December 20, 2014 in Part 5 or return to Part 3
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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No good deed — or good policy — goes unpunished. The one-child policy made sense, but thousands of years of tradition of favoring male children is not so easily changed. You can’t just legislate social change. Whenever we try, we rediscover the same fundamental truth. Everything is more complicated than it looks on the surface. In every country. In every culture. Through the ages.
So true. And the proof of this may easily be found in China. The more remote a rural area is, the odds favor that the old ways are still practiced. Change seems to start in cities and urban areas and then slow down once they move to rural settings.
Well, yeah. Living here, in this little town, after growing up in NY then living in Jerusalem and Boston … the level of sophistication and worldly experience between here and any of those cities is enormous. I find it difficult to have real conversations with neighbors. Even those with an education haven’t ever been anywhere else. They think the whole world is just like the valley. It’s a very narrow perspective.