All sectors of the community should consciously reject all kinds of "rich blind dating", says Professor Tan Lin, Director of the Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC) of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF).
Tan Lin, Director of the Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC) of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) [wsic.ac.cn]
So-called "rich blind dating" has sparked widespread controversy in major cities in China. Men only need to have money to take part in these activities, but there are harsh conditions for unmarried women involved in the blind dating. They must pass many so-called tests pertaining to image, psychology and health, to obtain a selection of opportunities. What's more, there has been advocacy for women with so-called "virginity certificates". Due to sponsors and media hype, these activities have occasioned a very bad influence on society.
First of all, these activities mislead the public, and mistakenly instill a materialistic view of marriage and gender inequality. The requirements for women in these activities reflect decadent, backward views of marriage, such as money worship and the male being superior to the female. It's not only unfair to women, but also unfair to men who work hard but who are not rich.
Second, these activities challenge the values of social justice, gender equality, the socialist view of marriage, women's self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-improvement, and the bottom line of national socialist values. Marriage is one of the most basic social relationships. Family established through marriage is the core of society. Equality and harmony in marriage and family are the foundations of social harmony. Marriage based on an unequal blind date makes real equality and harmony difficult to achieve. In the meantime, the vulgar concept of wealth reflected in these activities, to a great extent, challenges national socialist values, for instance, distribution of personal consumption according to work, becoming wealthy by working hard.
All sectors of society should be vigilant in the face of these so-called "rich blind dating" activities, and consciously reject them.
First, the government should be vigilant about these activities and identify the problems, make appropriate intervention, and provide positive guidance. The departments concerned should take measures under the law to sanction illegal profit-making enterprises and individuals involved in these activities.
Second, women's federations, Communist Youth League organizations and other social organizations should also pay attention to these activities and their negative impact on women and youth. These organizations should organize activities suitable for unmarried men and women to participate in and benefit from, to provide a platform for them to meet and communicate. At the same time, the organizations should actively carry out publicity and educational activities suited to different kinds of people, and lead the public to establish a civilized, progressive view of marriage based on equality and harmony.
Third, media should reject publicizing or at least not hype these dating activities. The media should undertake the role of supervision by public opinion, reveal any illicit profit-making purpose and behavior behind the activities, and guide the public to understand correctly their essence. The media should also publicize socialist values of marriage, and guide the young generation, especially young women, in developing self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance and a self-improving outlook on life; to work hard to achieve their dreams in life, and to equip them with the resolve to reject these sorts of dating activities.
(Source: wsic.ac.cn / translated by womenofchina.cn)
Former deputy director at the Women’s Studies Institute of China (WSIC), researcher Liu Bohong recently appealed to the public to provide children with equal, high-quality education.
|Former deputy director at the Women’s Studies Institute of China (WSIC), researcher Liu Bohong. [wsic.ac.cn]|
The Girls of Today are the Builders of Tomorrow
Sociologist Li Yinhe [wh.sdnews.com.cn]
Participation in politics, in terms of its connotations, consists of two aspects: (1) Democratic participation, which means the citizen as the social subject exercises the rights of democratic election, suggestion, and so on; and (2) Participation in power, which means the citizen directly takes part in every field of the management of state and social affairs, in making decisions and being involved in public administration.
|Sun Xiaomei, Professor of Department of Women’s Studies of China Women’s University. [BJWOMEN.GOV.CN]|
Different to previous research in this area, The 3rd Survey on the Political Status of Women in Beijing is based on groups of the broader entirety of women as the objects of research. Its aim is to enable the Party, government and all levels of women’s associations to learn about the demands politics make, and the concepts of social life held by women in different groups, and to put forward alternative measures and a basis for scientific decision-making.
Cognitive analysis of differences between men's and women's participation in politics
According to the research data results the external factors affecting women’s participation in politics are entwined with public opinion and social psychology. Thus, traditional political culture of men’s social roles and women’s family roles plays an important role in shaping their gender roles.
--Data analysis of men or women in charge
On the basis of statistics, 23.5 percent of respondents to the survey from common people in every walk of life since they began work have become forepersons, village committee or residence group leaders or taken superior titles. Of these, the ratio for men who act as forepersons, village or residence group leaders or with superior titles is remarkably higher than those of women (approximately 28.4 percent: 19.1 percent). The ratio of men who take on administrative ranks or higher positions is significantly higher than that of women. As for women, the ratio of those who had no administrative ranks (approximately 78.1 percent) is obviously higher than that of men (64.7 percent). In fact, respondents of different genders in social/non-governmental organizations displayed significant variations. For instance, the ratio for men who are core members/middle managers is much higher than that for women (men: 14.7 percent and women 6.1 percent). However, the ratio for women as organization founders/persons in charge/senior executives is slightly higher than for men (women: 3.9 percent, men: 2.8 percent). These statistics, however, can not prove that women are now involved at a higher rate in participation in politics. That’s because women are mostly engaged in the most grassroots public interest areas of society.
--Analysis of the reasons why few women participate in politics
The reasons why there are relatively few women in all levels of leadership positions considered by respondents from common people in all fields, successively, are: women have greater housework burdens (accounting for 64.9 percent); cultivation is inadequate and defective selection mechanisms for women (63.1 percent); prejudice against women (58.8 percent); no family support (24.3 percent); poor ability (13.4 percent); unwilling to be the leader (11.2 percent); and unsuitable to be the leader (10.9 percent). The reasons underlying these statistics are: traditional concepts of “men’s work centers around 'away from home', while women’s work centers around 'in the home',” defective selection mechanisms for officials, and social cultural prejudice. These all still play leading roles in people’s minds. Therefore, it’s necessary to change this unreasonable phenomenon and achieve more opportunities for women to take part in determination and management.
Different genders have different opinions: Of men, a higher proportion of respondents said they believed women were unsuitable to be leaders (men: 14.3 percent, women: 8.7 percent); Women said they preferred to regard the main reasons as heavy housework burdens (women: 67.8 percent, men: 61.5 percent), prejudice against women (women: 62.5 percent, men: 54.3 percent), cultivation inadequate, and defective election mechanisms (women: 66.9 percent, men: 58.8 percent).
Different regions have different opinions: A higher proportion of people in the rural areas considers the ability of men is superior to that of women (rural: 19.4 percent, urban: 9.3 percent); unwilling to be leaders (rural: 16.8 percent, urban: 7.4 percent); and unsuitable to be leaders (rural 15.7 percent, urban: 7.5 percent). Compared with respondents in towns, a large group of rural respondents said they believed the main reasons why there were few women leaders were: no family support (rural: 32.4 percent, urban: 18.6), heavy housework burdens (rural: 72.7 percent, urban: 59.5 percent), prejudice against women (rural: 62.9 percent, urban: 56.0 percent) and other causes. Moreover, the respondents – no matter if they were in the countryside or in urban areas, both said they thought “cultivation was inadequate, and also election mechanisms being defective” were reasons giving rise to the problem.
To sum up, there are still four obvious phenomena: (1) Overall cultural quality of rural women in outer suburbs is lower than that of men; (2) Influence of the traditional concept of “men’s work centers around ‘away from home’, while women’s work centers around ‘in the home’”; (3) The social atmosphere is not strong in encouraging and supporting women’s participation in politics; and (4) Enthusiasm and initiative of rural women has to improve.
Suggestions and alternatives for Beijing women’s participation in politics
Socialist democratic politics with Chinese characteristics is not only a required material basis, reasonable structure, and a sound legal and ideal mechanism, but also needs mutual progress and development of relationships between men and women. Therefore, in order to improve the ability of women to participate in politics, these points should be emphasized.
First, improve the rate of women's participation in politics.
Second, the key thrust of Women’s Federation both in policies and actions should focus on intermediate groups.
Third, unremittingly reduce the gap between urban and rural areas, so as to promote the level of rural women’s participation in politics.
Fourth, implementing Marxism Women-Theories and The Basic State Policy of Gender Equality, and improving the ability of women to participate in decision-making.
Fifth, to boost, strengthen and improve education and training for all levels of women's groups.
Sixth, advocacy for women to take part in professional social organizations.
Seventh, taking full advantage of media and reporting positive images of women’s participation in politics.
(Source: wsic.ac.cn / Translated by womenofchina.cn)
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