Househusbands still not widely accepted in China

17:26, September 01, 2010      

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The hot series "Marriage Battle" on Chinese TV has caused debate in China on whether it is okay to be a househusband.

According to a survey conducted by, which drew about 10,000 netizens, about 35 percent of males think it is acceptable to be a househusband, while only 25 percent females approve of this.

Netizen "so glorious" shared his reason to be a househusband, "My habits made me become a househusband. At the same time, I love my wife so much although she is not a lazy woman."

Another male netizen from Hangzhou said that after his daughter was born, his wife cannot get a long enough maternity leave and he became a househusband naturally. He also believed that ability and responsibility, rather than a false sense of pride, stand for a standard husband.

However, the notion is not so acceptable among female netizens. "It's hard to imagine my husband become my 'chef' one day. Frankly speaking, househusbands are such wimps," said one female netizen.

There are 600,000 househusbands as well as 1.7 million househusbands, in Britain and America, respectively. Zong Chunshan, permanent member of China Law Society, said that feminism is well accepted in Western countries.

Although these househusbands fail to have incomes, they can still get the social welfare to support their life. However, both economic insurance and culture don't support these househusbands in China. In fact, according to Zong's research, many female entrepreneurs' husbands in China still cannot understand their wives engaging in social activities and ignoring housework completely.

By Wang Qianyuanxue, People's Daily Online


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