RED CHINA: Love & Marriage

A woman married is like a pony bought —to be ridden or whipped at the master's pleasure.

For generations this maxim said much of what there was to say about marriage in the male-dominated world of China. But in line with the universal Communist policy of liberating the underdog the better to enslave him (or her) later, the first reform enacted into law by China's Communist masters was directed at marriage.

A year after the Reds took over China, the New Marriage Law was promulgated: the old "arbitrary and compulsory feudal system of marriage, based on the superiority of men over...

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