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China Trusts Prostitutes More than Chinese Politicians

LLLOOOLLLL, thank you, BBC News for livening up the deadly August news scene:

China ‘trusts prostitutes more’

China’s prostitutes are better-trusted than its politicians and scientists, according to an online survey published by Insight China magazine.

The survey found that 7.9% of respondents considered sex workers to be trustworthy, placing them third behind farmers and religious workers.

“A list like this is at the same time surprising and embarrassing,” said an editorial in the state-run China Daily.

Politicians were far down the list, closer to scientists and teachers.

Insight China polled 3,376 Chinese citizens in June and July this year.

“The sex workers’ unexpected prominence on this list of honour… is indeed unusual,” said the China Daily editorial.

“At least [the scientists and officials] have not slid into the least credible category which consists of real estate developers, secretaries, agents, entertainers and directors,” the editorial said.
Soldiers came in fourth place.

I can’t help but wonder how the same survey would result in other countries?

August 5, 2009 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Cultural, Entertainment, Humor, Law and Order, Leadership, Living Conditions, Relationships, Social Issues, Statistics, Values, Women's Issues |


  1. Ain’t that the Naked Truth

    Comment by daggero | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  2. What do think of this statement: “Politicians were far down the list, closer to scientists and teachers.” and what it says about the status of teachers in China? I was surprised to find that teachers were not as highly respected as I expected them to be. I mean, yes, teachers do get respect, some more than others, but in some instances I have heard that teachers are “lazy” or “not very knowledgeable” or “easy to bribe” (student comments, not mine.) I suspect it might have something to do with the education system that supports solely rote learning? Anyway, I was really surprised!

    Comment by globalgal | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  3. Daggero – No kidding. 😀

    GlobalGal – that was a shock to me, too, as I thought wisdom was held in high esteem, but yes, rote-learning and also don’t many Chinese have to hire tutors to help them pass the national exams, and isn’t that where many of the “teachers” actually earn their living wage?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. I am not surprised at all. After all, prostitutes are people just like us who bring home the bacon after a hard day’s labor (unlike most of our politicians).

    Comment by Fiddler on the Roof | August 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hmm. Interesting, Fiddler. They both sell promises, don’t they, and play on insecurities and fantasies?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 9, 2009 | Reply

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