Sociology

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China doesn't like that I'm a single woman, here's why

Sarah Best

19th February 2020

This short film from The New York Times follows one woman who is described a 'sheng nu' or leftover woman because she is not married and she is over 27 years old.

As a result of the one-child policy, there are approximately one million more men in China than women, with both sexes often under intense societal pressure to marry.

The subject of the film, Qiu Huamei is a lawyer and has clear values about what she accept and what she wouldn't accept in a relationship. In one clip of her on a date, her face drops at the idea of being more submissive in a relationship to a man (around 4:40 minutes).

This film could be used for Families and Households (gender roles), Theory and Methods (feminism, functionalism and The New Right), as well as Education (progress).

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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