According to an article on October 31’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Chinese women are changing their criteria in choosing a spouse. They prefer “budget husbands” who are not rich, but care about their partner and know how to cook.
For years, China’s marriage market is presenting "female deficit". Because of the one-child policy, many parents prefer to have a boy, not a girl, which led to numerous abortion and difficulty for men to find a mate. They are nothing if they have no car, no house or substantial deposits. Recently, however, China’s marriage standards are gradually being rewritten - Chinese women began to put some "soft skills" before economic factors. How did it happen?
The 2009 publication of the book Me and My Budget Husband popularized the term “budget husband”， and its 2012 transformation into a TV drama series fueled the term’s further spread. The word "budget husband" originates from the word "budget housing", government subsidized public housing for low-income households. As the name implies, budget husbands’ economic power trails that of "diamond husbands" -- intelligent, educated, rich, and well-mannered men from respectable families。
Two years later, this kind of sweet guys have become the model husband Chinese women are seeking in reality. If a “budget husband” can be compared to a car, he will be a Toyota Corolla, which is, as a media said, economical, reliable and cheap. This model may not attract lots of attention, nor will it bring envy, "but it can carry you to wherever you want to go."
Another media even listed the standards of ideal "budget husband": 1。72 to 1。83 meters tall, a university degree, monthly wage between 3,000 yuan and 10,000 yuan, not drink or smoke。 Other requirements include: patient, caring, reliable, generous, responsible, polite, and able to cook。
For many Chinese women and their parents, a kind of new criteria in choosing a spouse is widely popular- "reliable". Physical attractiveness, humor, charm and romance are just "added bonus", but not necessarily required。