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How Does Financial Times’ Journalist Know about Chinese White Collar’s Sex Life?

By Jiang Bin (People's Daily Online)    09:02, November 26, 2015

(Screenshot of FT webpage)

The English daily newspaper, Financial Times published an article entitled “Wanted: more people to make babies in China” on its website on November 23, saying that China is suffering a “sex shortage”, as its “white collar workers slave so long in the office that half said they had intercourse less than once a month”.

It says,“Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that a large proportion of 20-somethings still live with their mother (and for that matter, their grandmothers) in cramped urban flats. Surely that’s better than the best contraceptive.” The article eventually draws a conclusion that China’s new two-child policy dooms to fail in making more babies.

Leave aside the obviously missing logic in this article. Let’s take a look at some Chinese netizens’ reactions:

“小小life大大爱”:Less than once a month? I don’t believe this is true. Can I say the survey respondents just happen to be impotent? I personally can only live without it for a day in a month.

“我们一起晒月亮”:Common in U.K., hah?

“过路客”:I just want to say: the style of this British newspaper is so amusing.

“而立之年前四年”:There is definitely a marketing team of Durex behind this. Durex is headquartered in U.K. Haha, busted!

“萧书济宁东部”:Well, how did you know?

“绝望主妇综合症”:Western media know everything?! They don’t know a damn thing!

The author of this article Patti Waldmeir, Financial Times’ correspondent in Shanghai made her argument that Chinese white collar having sex “less than once a month” just based on “one recent survey”, but failed to mention who made the survey, when, where, or how.

This “recent survey” is succeeded by a “maybe” in the article, leading to an even more appallingly groundless statement that “a large proportion of 20-somethings still live with their mother (and for that matter, their grandmothers) in cramped urban flats”.

Since when correspondents take it for granted to “maybe” his or her readers?

We happen to have our statistics here, if Ms. Waldmeir would like to take the time to read it. Peking University Institute of Social Science Survey released a report entitled “China’s Development Report of People’s Well-being” in 2012, which shows that 75.2 percent of married couples do not live with their parents in China.

Or MAYBE, maybe Ms. Waldmeir still lives in the 70s Shanghai, where three generations of a family crowded in a small shabby room?

It does not take us long to find that most of the Financial Times articles on China are based on biased assumptions and groundless accusations. Their using “may be” or “likely to be” is neither respectful to facts nor responsible for the readers. No wonder this paper has lost its legacy of being a well-known opinion field, and has been sold to Japan.

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