Criticizing male chauvinism
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.