What makes a woman happy? Power, money,
In fact, self-fulfillment ranks the highest, for more than 60 percent
of the respondents in a recent survey.
The survey was conducted by the Yueji.Self, a Chinese-language magazine
jointly launched this month by the Chinese-language Women of China
magazine and the New York-based magazine publisher Conde Nast
"The high marks for self -fulfillment are inspiring and encouraging,"
Li Yinhe, a noted sexologist and professor at the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences, said.
"It shows big progress. More and more women want to achieve their life
value, which eclipses the importance of the private life for women.
"When women start to value self fulfillment, they become more equal to
In China, the traditional mindset is that men live for their careers
and women live for love.
Although only about 22.5 percent surveyed prioritized love as the big
happiness maker, it doesn't mean that Chinese women no longer believe in
love, Li said.
However, it demonstrated that love was no longer the most important
factor for a woman to be happy in China. This is perhaps reflected in the
growing trend that many Chinese women are opting to remain single.
While the dependence on love for happiness has dampened, according to
the survey, so has sex.
Only about 2.2 percent of Chinese women consider sex the most valuable
factor to a happy woman.
The reason, Li said, was that the word was stereotyped with negative
"A good woman should not like sex," she said.
"Love is a beautiful word. But power, money and sex all represent the
So it is understandable when only 0.6 percent of women chose power, the
lowest among all options, the survey showed.
The survey is also the first of its kind to be carried out in 15 cities
on the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan province.
It surveyed 24,107 women aged from 25 to 35 from December 2006 and