Marina Adshade

Economist, Writer, and Speaker | Women, sex, love, and work

Tag: China

Currency MANipulation: Sex ratio drives yuan lower

Study says China’s low exchange rate is partly the result of a skewed sex balance that has left millions of men with little prospect for marriage

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The Dating Surplus for Chinese Women

A while back, we talked about why it is that so many educated women in urban centers can’t find a man (Sexless in The City). In countries like China, where there is a huge surplus of men, finding a partner shouldn’t be difficult for women. I thought I would post a letter I received this week from Niko Bell who tells me that for Chinese women finding a man is not as easy as we might think:

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China Announces a New Approach to the Sex Trade

Recently I have found myself in trouble twice for my choice of words. The first time was for calling sex workers “prostitutes,” and the second time was for calling prostitutes “sex workers.” Frankly, I didn’t buy either of the arguments. The first person to chew me out objected to the word “prostitute” on the grounds that it is a name that was probably invented by “some man.” As a “professor” I find that kind of reasoning a little silly (perhaps I should be an “academic worker” to rid myself of that same stigma?). The second person who objected to “sex worker” felt it gave those workers too much respect—a line of reasoning I find, frankly, offensive.

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The Chinese Are Learning to Talk About Sex

The Chinese may not talk about sex, but they certainly do it. In fact, they probably do it just as much as the rest of us. What is obvious though is that the lack of dialogue around sex, and particularly the absence of sex education in the schools, has serious consequences for the nation as younger people begin to adopt a more sexually liberated lifestyle. I say this is obvious because even the Chinese government admits that this is a problem. The National Population and Family Planning Commission of China announced yesterday that the city of Beijing is rolling out the first ever sex education program for Chinese students next year.  If the evidence on youth sexuality in that country is correct, the program is long overdue.

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Sex in China

For anyone interested in sex and economics, China is fascinating. It takes in 30% of the worldwide pornography revenue,* and prostitution income makes up 8% of its massive GDP**. I’ve just spent two (wonderful) months in China, and while sex and economics had nothing to do with my trip, I was left with one surprising observation: I wondered if the Chinese really ought to have more sex.

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