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Single Women Drive Growth - A Chinese Economist's Controversial Theory

CHINA TIMES (Taiwan)

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SHENZHEN – The secret to economic growth? Unmarried women left free to shop, according to one prominent Chinese economist.

Jin Yanshi, who has since become the target of outrage and contempt from colleagues and others, recently laid out his theory that "cities where there are more leftover and divorced women should enjoy a better economy." Jin, who has served as chief economist at Sinolink Securities in Shanghai, also asserts that "men without any power of consumption should be run out of the city", the China Times reported.

Single women, indelicately referred to as leftover women in China, and divorced women contribute to a more vigorous economy, Jin argues, because "women have two natures: they love money and they love to spend it. Women are innate consuming animals."

Jin based his reasoning on the fact that: "Women express their desire in competition. This competition therefore promotes a city's consumption." He then deduced the conclusion that "Men who do not have any power of consumption won't be able to find wives and won't contribute to the city's economy, and thus should be thrown out of town."

The economist's provocative argument immediately triggered a wave of online criticism in China. One attacked his argument saying, "Jin Yanshi has contempt for women's IQ and incites women to compete with each other. He is misleading them to sacrifice their future happiness to boost consumption."

Ma Guangyuan, another famous Chinese economist, simply judged Mr. Jin's theory to be "a joke."

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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