Boosting Gender Equality Helps Stabilize Modern Marriage

April 9, 2018  Editor: Su Yilin

The issue of gender equality plays a leading role in determining marital stability, according to a variety of recent academic studies.

Ye Wenzhen, Vice President of Chinese Women's Research Society and Professor of Fujian Jiangxia University (in southeast China's Fujian Province), voiced her opinion.

Different disciplines hold different views on the factors affecting stability, but all agree that a balance between men and women is more likely to lead to a long and happy marriage.

For example, social economics holds that too short a relationship and insufficient information about partners can lead to marital instability.

Meanwhile, sociology researchers believe that changes in the concept of marriage and the social environment can affect stability.

From a gender perspective, some academics believe that the basis of male consciousness is the main reason why marriages are unstable.

Therefore, the full implementation of the basic national policy of equality between men and women is the most effective way to stabilize modern marriages.

Several measures have been proposed.

First of all, gender equality values should be included in public decision-making and legislation. Government officials should create an equal and competitive social culture and institutional environment.

Second, officials should promote gender equality in the construction of family and marriage cultures.

Third, young couples should take shared values, emotional attraction and personal attachment as the foundations of any marriage.

Fourth, couples should share housework duties, and support and cooperate with each other at the same time.

Last but not least, men should be proud of their partners' career achievement, as should women.

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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