Mating Systems

A different view about polygamy

I am writing in response to Teddy Chow Man-kin's Bright Spark column, 'Polygamy shows women no respect' (Young Post, January 26). Teddy criticised polygamy without giving any reasons.

Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am

When two husbands are better than one

De facto concubinage may be coming back into vogue among Chinese officials, despite official disapproval. But maybe the tables will be turned on male supremacy, even in China. What's sauce for the gander is also sauce for the goose.

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Mistresses fly coop as menfolk lose their loot

Hong Kong men struck hard by the financial downturn are hiring private investigators to check on the fidelity of their mainland mistresses.

Private detective David Cheung Dai-wei, who specialises in investigating cross-border extramarital affairs, said that while the number of his cases had not changed appreciably, the pattern had shifted.

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Land without brides

The spectre of millions of single men stalking the land, crazed by the desire for a woman to love, is beginning to be felt in Indian society as a result of decades of female feticide.

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Wives shared between husband and brothers

It would be reasonable to assume that the shortage of women in northern India might have improved their lot, as an increasing number of men are forced to compete for their hand in marriage.

But instead, the shortage caused by 20 years of aborting female foetuses is prompting men who manage to find a wife to share her with their frustrated brothers.

9 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Lack of women sees brothers sharing a wife

Draupadi, heroine of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata, was married to the five Pandava brothers. The highs and lows of her relations with five warrior husbands lend the famous epic a special charm.

16 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Sex, lies and videotape

At the height of the Sars crisis, Wei Wujun's phone was almost silent. 'No husband dared to risk going out to cheat on their wives,' says the Shanghai-based private eye and China's most famous mistress hunter. 'But today, with Sars off the radar screen, my phone is ringing non-stop again.'

26 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Second wives

A Shenzhen court last week jailed an unemployed Hong Kong man for a year for having a second wife, the first such case in a city that is known for its concubine villages since China's Marriage Law was amended this year to make bigamy an offence.

4 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Loopholes give cover for adulterers

Cheating husbands who set up home with mistresses on the mainland will continue to escape arrest or legal action from angry wives despite a crackdown on bigamy by Beijing, legal experts and pressure groups say.

30 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Making polygamy legal could help couples, says 'Dr Sex'

Laws should be changed to allow polygamy, a conference on sexology was told yesterday.

Ng Man-lun, professor of psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong, said he had given counselling to sexually troubled couples who had overcome their problems through a third person.

25 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Love cheats 'for labour camp'

A MAINLAND move to send cheating husbands to labour camps is winning praise from Hong Kong wives whose partners have cross-border mistresses.

But social workers warn the suggested new regulation - put forward by an influential women's group - might lead to more problems and raises questions about the violation of the men's rights.

4 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

The law and the spare spouse

LEGISLATOR Mr Eric Li must be thanked for a new hobby which is amusing people of a slightly legal turn of mind. When you have finished The Times crossword you can derive a good deal of entertainment from drafting the Mainland Floozies (Suppression of Second Homes) Bill 1995.

2 Feb 1995 - 12:00am