“Tang Wei preparing for her #weddingday in Shanghai. At 24, Wei is the average age of a bride in China, where traditional attitudes toward marriage prevail: get married young or risk becoming unwanted goods. But thousands of women in Shanghai and elsewhere are considered “shengnu” — leftover women — a term widely used by society and state-run media to refer to unmarried women who are over 27. @klaudialech stumbled across the term while researching women’s rights in China. “I felt the word ‘shengnu’ was really offensive,” @klaudialech told the #lensblog. “I couldn’t understand how women could be called leftover and be O.K. with that.” So she found several successful single women who allowed her to document their daily lives. We’ll be sharing more of @klaudialech’s photos for #nytweekender. #lensblog” By nytimes on Instagram.
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