CASS: Unusual marriages may become commonplace

17:08, January 11, 2010      

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In 2020, the number of unmarried males in China will reach 24 million, and more unusual marriages such as "intergenerational marriages" and "older female and younger male marriages" may occur, according to the book "Contemporary Social Structure of China" jointly published by the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the Social Sciences Academic Press (China).

Since the start of reform and opening-up, especially in the late 1980s, China's male to female birth ratio has become increasingly high.

The high male to female birth ratio has become the most outstanding issue in China's population structure.

The book points out that the expanding male to female birth ratio will mainly affect China's marital and family structure and employment structure, as well as the "population's ecological security." Males in poverty-stricken areas will probably get a double hit of "economic poverty" as well as "marriage poverty." Unusual marriages such as "intergenerational marriages" and "older female and younger male marriages" may also occur on a large scale. In the future, the social stratum structure, consumption structure, organization structure and others will be more dominated by males, and a disharmony between males and females will emerge, which will become another disadvantage that influences the rise of a great power.

The book also points out that the fundamental way for solving the issue of gender imbalance is to guarantee a certain level of fertility rate. Therefore, it is very important to establish flexible birth planning policies.

The book also calls on a cultural environment of sexual equality and advises people to change their attitude of "treating women as inferior to men" under material guarantee. Among the floating population, it is should be acceptable for men to marry into and live with their brides' family and, the feasibility of "transnational marriages" should also be discussed and studied.

By People's Daily Online
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