Single and satisfied, women say

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 April, 2012, 12:00am


TVB's 'reality' show Brides Wannabe has triggered an outcry from people who say it belittles single women by labelling them 'leftover women'.

That criticism is echoed by most of the single women surveyed by a political party. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) asked 180 women about their love life.

Seventy-seven per cent said they were satisfied with it, while 66 per cent found it insulting to be labelled a 'leftover woman'.

Another poll asked single women over 25 why they had never married.

Forty per cent said they had not found Mr Right; 10 per cent said either they did not have confidence in marriage or had high standards in men; and 4 per cent said they did not know how to groom themselves to become appealing to men. Of the respondents, 77 per cent said their being single proved today's women are independent and can find happiness without a partner.

The DAB said its survey challenged the traditional mind-set that women are dependent on relationships.