Friday, June 12, 2020
Should Chinese Women Have Multiple Husbands?
New problems demand new solutions. This is simply a good start to a very necessary conversation. The superior prospective solution will entail the economic establishment of what i have called the natural community.
such a community will have approximately 150 individuals and than can easily have a surplus of men. However it also has a natural social structure that i call the SISTERHOOD whose charge is to mediate sexuality for men and women in the community.
This becomes naturally disciplined and prevents and can certainly supppress unhealthy deviance.
It becomes easy to envisage some women serving the needs of multiple men within the community as a matter of life choice and natural inclination with the full support oif hte community.
Otherwise what is on the table is culturally deviant in terms of a specific virtual community of monogamists.
Should Chinese Women Have Multiple Husbands?
JUNE 3, 2020
Yew-Kwang Ng 黄有光, a Malaysian economist who currently serves as a professor of economics at Fudan University in Shanghai, has attracted a great deal of ire on Chinese social media after publishing an article in which he suggested China legalize and promote polyandry — allowing women to marry multiple men — in a bid to solve the country’s surplus of bachelors.
The controversial article (in Chinese) was published on June 2 by NetEase Finance, a website dedicated to business news. Titled “Is polyandry really a ridiculous idea?” the piece is part of a weekly column written by Huang, where he writes about “all matters related to happiness,” including “factors that contribute to happiness” and “the relationship between money and joy.”
In the latest installment of the series, Huang first said that in China, where the sex ratio was 117 men to 100 women, the severe gender imbalance has caused a fierece competition among males looking for wives, leaving millions of bachelors struggling to “have their psychological and physical needs satisfied.”
Huang then provided two possible solutions to what he considered as a “serious problem” for the country: decriminalizing sex work and allowing women to have several husbands.
According to Huang, “building brothels for men to visit” was a short-term fix for men with “urgent needs,” but paying for sex was not a sustainable choice for those living on a tight budget. Moreover, Huang said that the benefits that come with having a wife go beyond sex. “They also serve other purposes such as being life partners, producing offspring, and raising children,” he wrote.
Huang went on to say that in order to solve the problem in the long run, polyandrous marriages should be taken into consideration. “Polyandry has a long history and a scope of application. The practice also exists in modern times,” Huang wrote, citing an example of Tibet, where polyandry became illegal after China’s annexation in 1950.
“I’m not denying the advantages of monogamy here, such as how exclusive long-term relationships can benefit kids’ growth and education,” Huang wrote. “But given China’s skewed sex ratio, it’s necessary to consider allowing polyandry legally.”
To bolster his argument, Huang said that from a biological perspective, women are more capable of fulfilling multiple men’s sexual desire than the other way around. “It’s common for prostitutes to serve more than 10 clients in a day,” Huang wrote. Meanwhile, when it comes to other aspects of life, Huang argued that it’s reasonable for women to do chores for several households for the sake of efficiency. “Making meals for three husbands won’t take much more time than for two husbands,” he wrote.
Looking at past articles published under Huang’s column, it seems that making a case for polyandry is a recurring theme. In a May article (in Chinese) explaining why men are more unfaithful than women, Huang wrote that because “men’s tendency to cheat in marriage can never be eliminated,” monogamy was at odds with men’s nature.
According to numbers released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics in 2018, out of the country’s population of 1.4 billion, men outnumbered women by almost 34 million. The reasons for the gender gap were in part rooted in a traditional preference for sons in Chinese families. It was also a byproduct of China’s decades-long one-child policy, which led millions of couples to abort female fetuses.
In recent years, with concerns about the country’s continuously declining birth rates and rapidly aging population, the Chinese government has rolled out a host of policies that aimed to make it easier for single men, known as “bare branches” (光棍 guānggùn) in Chinese, to find girlfriends, establish families, and have babies. These measures have received mixed reactions from the public, with women fervently rejecting the idea of marrying someone due to pressure from society and government.
Huang’s suggestion of polyandry has turned out to be a tough sell. Some people opposed his idea because polyandry defied their traditional views about marriage. But more people, mostly women, criticized Huang for his misogynist attitude toward women, saying that he saw women as nothing more than reproductive tools and objects to fulfill men’s sexual needs.