Since August 13th, when China's Supreme People's Court reinterpreted the country's marriage law, many of the women leaving marriage registry offices like the one in Chaoyang have more than just the end of their marriages to bemoan. According to the new law, residential property is no longer to be regarded as jointly owned and divided equally in the event of a divorce. Instead, whoever paid for the apartment or house is the legal owner and gets to keep it in its entirety.Notice that Chinese women want it both ways. They won't marry a man if he doesn't buy a house, but they want to automatically claim a half-interest in it simply by marrying him.
In China, the rulings of its most senior judges automatically replace existing law. For the male-dominated Supreme Court, which features just one woman amongst its 13 judges, the new ruling is a brutal attempt to shore up the crumbling institution of marriage by making divorce less attractive....
A major reason why the new law is regarded as unjust by most women is that in China men, or their parents, traditionally buy the family home. Indeed, many women will refuse to marry until that happens. It is such a custom that tying the knot with a man who doesn't own a property is known as a 'naked wedding'.
When viewed from the socio-sexual perspective, the inevitable failure of democracy with universal suffrage appears obvious.