Saturday, August 20, 2011

Asian Women Refusing Marriage - The Effects of Saying "No" are Far-Reaching

These  two articles from The Economist are both long and excellent, with lots of graphs and in-depth reporting, so I won't keep you from reading them by writing a wordy post.

The first article is more of an over view of what's going on with half the world's women.  The second one is more in-depth, exploring all the possibilities, and, an especially nice touch, refusing to consider Asia as a uniform giant, instead recognizing there are several different traditional patterns of marriage, multiple attitudes towards women's education, contraception use, and women's roles as the baseline.  
 
The decline of Asian marriage 
Asia's lonely hearts Women are rejecting marriage in Asia. 
The social implications are serious
Asian governments have long taken the view that the superiority of their family life was one of their big advantages over the West. That confidence is no longer warranted. They need to wake up to the huge social changes happening in their countries and think about how to cope with the consequences.
The flight from marriage
Asians are marrying later, and less, than in the past. This has profound implications for women, traditional family life and Asian politics



WNL:  These huge changes in women's attaitudes and actions will affect those of us outside Asia as well.  I hope you will take the time to get acquainted with the New Asian Woman.

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