I saw this in The Stir - Good idea or bad?
As Chinese New Year approaches, a new fad is sweeping the country -- and it has nothing to do with snakes. Nope, it seems that ‘rentable boyfriends’ are popping up to fill a big need for single Chinese ladies…
Get your mind out of the gutter! Not that kind of need. What these girls need is for their families to stop pestering them to get married. The Telegraph reports: “"It can be a particularly miserable experience for girls who don’t bring home a boyfriend, leading to endless questions about why they’re not dating and where their life’s going. In this sexist society, ladies over 27 who aren’t hitched are labeled 'leftover women.'”
Unhitched chicks can visit the shopping site TaoBao, where they can rent a boyfriend for about $48 a day. Pay a little extra for an “appropriate kiss” to add authenticity to the charade.
Does anyone else think this is genius? Is there an equivalent for the already-marrieds who are constantly shrugging off questions as to when they’re going to procreate? That might be harder since, you know, they’d expect a baby to show up at some point. But really, what’s with everyone always having an opinion?
There’s all sorts of psychobabble on how you’re supposed to be honest and true to yourself, but I imagine no one that says that has ever had to deal with a Chinese mother of an ‘old maid’ daughter. I don’t blame these ladies a bit for fudging their relationship status to get a little peace at home.
I bet women here could use something like this, especially with Relationship Status Awareness Day (aka Valentine’s Day) around the corner. You could have your fake boyfriend pick you up at the office to ward off meddling coworkers, or post his picture on Facebook to keep your married girlfriends from their pitying ‘you’ll find someone eventually’ comments.
Besides, who knows? Maybe one of these setups could spark a real romance. The couples would have to spend a little bit of time getting to know each other, just to keep their facts straight. What if they end up liking what they see? Now that would be a great story.
What do you think of this trend? Good idea or bad idea?