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POSTED | 10:59 AM | 18-04-2015

Chinese women who marry gay men suffer abuse

Most women who unwittingly marry gay men in China suffer a wide range of abuse from their husbands, including violence and sexual apathy, according to a study believed to be the first of its kind in China.

The report, “Social Adaptation of Women who Marry Gay Men,” was led by Tang Kuiyu, a professor from the College of Humanities at Harbin Institute of Technology,

The study surveyed 173 women who have married or divorced gay men and was carried out through the virtual communities, which the wives-most of whom do not know the men are gay until after marriage-have created on social media, The China Daily reported on Saturday (18 April 2015)

“The research began with an idea from the Ministry of Education in 2012,” said Tang. “As far as I know, it is the first such research on the Chinese mainland.”

The survey found that more than 90 percent of the respondents had suffered domestic violence, including emotional abuse and physical aggression. Some had suffered serious injuries.

It also found that 40.5 percent of the wives had sex fewer than 10 times a year, and 34.1 percent seldom or never had sex with their husbands. However, only 31.2 percent of them chose to divorce.

Most of the respondents were between 18 and 35 years old, with marriages of 10 years or less.

“The research found that gays’ wives at an individual level decide whether to divorce by their emotions, economic situation, children and the difficulties of remarriage for women,” said Tang. “In fact, being married to a gay man can cause lots of social problems, such as the spread of AIDS and a bad environment for the children to grow up in.”

In China, gay men choose to marry women and have children mainly due to significant pressure from their parents and social traditions. Many Chinese believe continuing a family’s bloodline is an inescapable obligation for men.

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