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China Daily – Are you kidding me?

29 Dec

In every issue of China Daily (the English paper here in Red China) there is a column entitled Language Tips.  I typically find it quite useful.  For example in the Better Chinese section of the column today, I learned how to say, “Don’t speak ill of others” (don’t we all need this reminder from time to time) and “Think before you speak.”   I think we can all agree that these are common helpful phrases.

It was actually today’s Better English section that threw me for a loop. It is seriously one of the oddest passages that I have read since moving to China (and that is saying a lot!).  I mean – of all of the buzzwords they could select…they picked this one.   Plus, they described it in such a Debby Downer way.   There is no doubt in my mind that there has been a rise in educated and talented women who choose to live life as they please – but is this really how it needed to be explained to non-native English speakers?

Excerpt from today’s China Daily (12.29.11)

LANGUAGE TIPS:  BETTER ENGLISH

Freemale

A freemale is a woman who opts for a single life, valuing friendships rather than pursuing extended romantic relationships.  Some freemales also choose to live childfree, choosing not to have children for a variety of reasons, while others decide to become single mothers.

There are a variety of reasons to choose to live as a single woman, including a desire for an unencumbered lifestyle, the rising divorce rate and an inclination for asexuality.  The freemale demographic is very intriguing from a real estate perspective.  Single women are putting pressure on housing markets to provide homes that are comfortable for single women living alone.

 

I mean is there truly “an inclination for asexuality”.  I find this hilarious.  Please send me your thoughts…

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2 Responses to “China Daily – Are you kidding me?”

  1. Rain December 29, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    LOL! I don’t know much about Chinese cultural views on lesbians but maybe they prefer to think of their lesbians as asexuals? That’s hilarious but in a way it’s also nice to see single woman being acknowledged as having spending power!

  2. Jean Blankenship December 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    There is at 5 18 South 11th St. But then I’m 80 years old (young?) dear Granddaughter!

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