As We See It

Rent-a-boyfriends are all the rage in China

Image

I don’t know how I missed the fact that back in 2007, China’s state “feminist” agency officially defined single women older than 27 as sheng nu, or “leftover.” Or that an industry formed around the idea that it’s more mortifying to be seen in public without a boyfriend than it is to rent one. For my fellow pathetic spinsters, Chinese shopping site Taobao.com offers dudes ready to go to the movies, for $8 an hour, and pretend not to be miserable. Tempting, but as a liberated American woman, I reserve the right to watch movies alone and awkwardly date for free.

Tags: Opinion
Share

Previous Discussion:

  • “Compared to my Ohio life, people are more positive here, more responsive to literary things.”

  • “We break down all the barriers that led them to become homeless, so they can become self-sufficient and sustain on their own.”

  • "When someone who’s not used to looking at art is in a tour here at the Barrick and you see that light bulb go off, ...

  • Get More As We See It Stories
Top of Story