08 January 2009

Why Chinese Women Kill Themselves?

Researchers have found that young Chinese women are more than ten times as likely as their American counterparts to commit suicide.

Experts suggest that the high suicide rates may stem from rural Chinese women's low status and harsh lives. From birth, girls are seen as less desirable than boys. After marriage, a woman must do more than her share of the farm work, and her status diminishes further if she produces instead of a son. Women who don't marry by their mid-twenties are treated as social misfits.

Ironically, the prosperity that private farming has brought to rural China may also play a part. Residents of even remote villages now can watch television, which makes women more aware of the gap between their live and those of women in other parts of the world.

And those who decide to commit suicide now have a lethal substance close at hand: pesticides.

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3 comments:

sexyjessie January 8, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

It is really disheartening when women worldwide are still being "trapped" in their culture beliefs, not only in China alone.

Mom of Four January 8, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

I feel sorry for women who get trapped in those kind of tradition. we're 21st century..everything's changed. Women rule!!! Hahaha..Oh well, I am glad I have my own mind and can do whatever I want as long as it's reasonable.

- s L i K e R s - January 9, 2009 at 2:04 AM  

Very good article I think :)

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