Crit­i­ciz­ing male chau­vin­ism

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS - By Du Qiong­fang

The founder of Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion com­pany New Ori­en­tal Ed­u­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Group, Yu Min­hong, re­cently came into the me­dia spot­light again, this time be­cause of his con­tro­ver­sial re­marks on women.

To ex­plain how eval­u­a­tion stan­dards can de­ter­mine the di­rec­tion of ed­u­ca­tion, Yu cited an ex­am­ple of how fe­males choose their spouses.

At a fo­rum Sun­day, Yu said that “If the stan­dard for Chi­nese women is to choose a man based on his abil­ity to make money, and that they don’t care about [a man’s] con­science, then all Chi­nese men will be con­science­less but good at money mak­ing… The de­cline of Chi­nese women has led to the coun­try’s de­cline.”

This was not the first time that Yu used re­la­tion­ships be­tween men and women as an ex­am­ple of the state of ed­u­ca­tion and en­trepreneur­ship in modern China.

Yu’s strat­egy al­ways has a good pub­lic­ity ef­fect, as it gets him and his com­pany head­lines and, as a re­sult, even more cus­tomers. How­ever, his in­ap­pro­pri­ate metaphor this time has a neg­a­tive side ef­fect.

First of all, de­scrib­ing China as de­clin­ing is un­ac­cept­able.

As the sec­ond-largest econ­omy in the world, China has made sig­nif­i­cant progress over the past 40 years since the start of its re­form and openingup.

China’s in­ter­na­tional sta­tus and rep­u­ta­tion have been im­prov­ing sig­nif­i­cantly as well. Al­though there are some oc­ca­sional in­stances of moral de­cay, such as cor­rup­tion, they are in­di­vid­ual cases and not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the coun­try as a whole.

Sec­ond, what’s wrong with a woman’s de­sire to marry up? The abil­ity to make money is a valu­able char­ac­ter­is­tic and es­sen­tial in any so­ci­ety, not only China.

The abil­ity to earn also proves a per­son’s in­tel­li­gence, which can be passed on to off­spring. Thus, a woman’s goal is not nec­es­sar­ily only to nab a wealthy man, but procreate tal­ented and in­tel­li­gent off­spring with him.

Sta­tis­tics from the US Bu­reau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics showed that Chi­nese men’s par­tic­i­pa­tion rate in the la­bor force in 2010 was al­most the same as men in Brazil, the Philip­pines, Mex­ico, and In­dia.

How­ever, the par­tic­i­pa­tion rate of Chi­nese women was nearly 70 per­cent, much higher than women in other coun­tries - even higher than French men.

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