"China rent a boyfriend" trending in the news today refers to an online floral business that has expanded into finding something that many women in the nation there find appealing, ABC News reports Feb. 8. With Valentine's Day and the Chinese Lunar New Year days apart this year, business is booming for an online shopping site in which women can find "boyfriend rentals."
The creator known as Mr. Gao told ABC that renting a boyfriend to see a movie with costs about $8 an hour. Horror flicks double. Prices vary depending on dinner, conversation, and going out with the woman and her parents. This is where this type of business is, in a sense, some kind of answer to the extreme pressure young women feel in China to get married. The media refers to single women over the age of 27 in the country as "leftover women." So, the renting a boyfriend is far more popular than renting a girlfriend.
Mr. Gao rents out nine men between the ages of 26 and 32 on his site, Taobao.com. They were chosen based on a several requirements that include being at least five-foot-six, well-behaved, good-looking, and be willing to wear glasses. Glasses represent someone of high intellect in China.
The China rent a boyfriend business is utilized mostly by women who attend work parties to show their employers they're stable and settled in addition to those who just want to make their boyfriends jealous. It's all about appearances in some cases, which parents can appreciate so others won't see their daughters as someone no one wants to marry.
Is this a good answer to China's single women who are over the age of 27?