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[China News] 60% of Chinese Women Say No to Naked Marriage

22 Aug 2013 5:56 AM | Anonymous

60% of Chinese Women Say No to Naked Marriage

August 22, 2013 Editor: Sun Xi

A survey shows that nearly 60 percent of Chinese women would not consent to a 'naked marriage'. [aynews.net.cn]

A survey shows that nearly 60 percent of Chinese women would not consent to a 'naked marriage'. [aynews.net.cn]


A recent survey shows that nearly 60 percent of Chinese women would not consent to a 'naked marriage'. 

'Naked marriage' is a term coined in the late 2000s to refer to the act of getting married without having first accumulated significant assets. To 'marry naked' means to not have a wedding, house, car or honeymoon. 

The survey, conducted by Baihe.com, one of China's major dating websites, shows that about half of the men polled are willing to 'marry naked' and believe that love will pull them through, but only 13.2 percent of women said the same. 

One 25-year-old woman named Xiaomei said flatly that naked marriage is "not acceptable, not realistic and impossible". 

The view is also shared by some men, with 28.6 percent saying that they would not resort to a naked marriage either. One 28-year-old man named Xiaochen said, "As a man, I cannot accept it." 

For newlyweds in China, having a new apartment and car are part of the prerequisites for getting married. But in recent years, as the cost of living goes up, it has become more and more difficult for young couples to fulfill these requirements. 

Professor Hu Guangwei from the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences says a naked marriage is in sharp contradiction with China's established marriage customs, which encourage parents to help lay the material foundation for their children's marriage. As living costs continue to rise, this phenomenon will likely become more popular in the future. 

Experts say that the rise of naked marriage is more than just a challenge to traditional marriage customs. It shows that young people are finding new ways to pursue personal happiness. Undoubtedly, financial stability plays a big role in a stable marriage, but money should not override the core spirit of marriage which is love. 

A young woman named Yang Ling said, "I think two people should get married based on love and that striving together for a better life should be their ultimate goal." 

Another woman Yang Shijin said, "There are many people like us whose families cannot afford to buy us new apartments, cars, diamond rings. I think that's very normal for regular families. We must rely on our own capabilities to forge a better future for ourselves." 

(Source: aynews.net.cn/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)


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