As a young Chinese woman who's lived there for the first 18 years of my life, I can say with confidence that things are pretty grim for the boys and girls back home. Men are expected to possess substantial wealth in order for them to consider marriage and family. This in turn, in my opinion, perpetuates the misogynist notion of women being commodities, because the rich guy almost always gets the girl.From Girlfriends And Boyfriends In China
Young women hold all the cards in China because there are significantly fewer of them than young men/ Why? Because of China's strict one-child per family rule. And legal abortion without restriction. Since Chinese culture ascribes far greater honor to both fathers and mother for bearing a baby boy first (or only), tens of millions of unborn girls have been aborted to preserve the one-child allowance for a male.
See the UK's MailOnline's, "Gendercide: China's shameful massacre of unborn girls means there will soon be 30m more men than women." Well, there already are.
So what do you do with 38 million excess men? Who are, by the way, of military age? One fear of Western analysts is that this is the answer.
Twenty to fifty million excess young, sexually-frustrated and emotionally-stunted men, loose within the ordinary and decreasingly-structured Chinese society could spell real trouble for the central government when those men figure out they've been had. Maybe best to put them under harsh discipline. And if they become fodder while conquering Taiwan, for example, well, okay. Plenty to spare, plenty to spare.