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The making on an absent woman. The Chinese state and the sexually active unmarried female. D. Gibson, J. Xu, Y. Cheng, X. Xu, J. Zhu, M. Temmerman, F. Wuillaume Published in:. Identity, Culture and Politics: An Afro-Asian dialogue. Vol: 2007:1-21 Abstract China’s state policy of enforcing a one child family and sexuality within the context of marriage and reproduction as the norm is waning. Although there is a rise in sexual activity among unmarried women, they still largely fall outside the normative discourses of the state, and medical technology that has been introduced into women’s bodies as part of population control. Family planning policy creates categories of the normative and its opposite, the not normative. The paper highlights the contradictory position of the sexually active unmarried woman, who is overlooked and not catered for while her pregnancy is simultaneously viewed as a problem because it is unplanned and unauthorised. Key words: China, population, planning, unmarried, women.
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