Getting ridicule for dating someone ugly
Boys outnumbered girls in the isolated mountain village where he grew up, in the factories where he worked as a teenager, and on the construction sites where he now earns a modest wage.
Today, 30 years old, he lives in a bare, stuffy dormitory room with five other men in the southern city of Dongguan, bunk beds lining the walls, cigarette butts carpeting the floor.
The basic function of a man in rural society is to have a family and look after that family.” “In rural areas, men who didn’t get married are really marginalized; even socializing in the village is difficult,” said Therese Hesketh, a professor of global health at University College London.
“These guys are depressed.” and lonely’ Li Weibin has never had a girlfriend.
India, a country that has a deeply held preference for sons and male heirs, has an excess of 37 million males, according to its most recent census.
The number of newborn female babies compared with males has continued to plummet, even as the country grows more developed and prosperous.
“I’ve cried so much I can’t see any more,” says one.
Among men, loneliness and depression are widespread. Men are learning to cook and perform other chores long relegated to women. Bachelors are furiously building houses in China to attract wives, and prices are soaring.Bachelors like Li are dismissively branded as “bare branches” for failing to expand the family tree.But as any forester knows, bare branches pose a danger, and not just to themselves.Barely recognized, the ramifications of too many men are only starting to come into sight.“In the future, there will be millions of men who can’t marry, and that could pose a very big risk to society,” warns Li Shuzhuo, a leading demographer at Xi’an Jiaotong University.