The Daughter Deficit wealthier and more educated women face this same imperative to have boys as uneducated poor women — but they have smaller families, thus increasing the felt urgency of each birth. In a family that expects to have seven children, the birth of a girl is a disappointment; in a family that anticipates only two or three children, it is a tragedy.
For Many Chinese Men, No Deed Means No Dates But by the exacting standards of single Chinese women, it seems, Mr. Wang lacks that bankable attribute known as real property… Last year, he said, this deficiency prompted a high-end dating agency to reject his application. In recent months, half a dozen women have turned down a second meeting after learning that he had no means to buy a home.
Sanity still exits though. From the above article, “The whole time she thought I didn’t own an apartment and she still wanted me,” he said. “Someone like that is rare.”