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An Expiry Date on Women Name Institution An Expiry Date on Women Marriage is a lifetime commitment; however, some people undermine its implications. Notably, the concerned parties should know one another and have common visions for the union to last. People from different cultures view marriages as sacred and compulsory parts of life. Therefore, they raise their children in preparation for the union. However, feminism, which empowers women, and encourages independence complicates the matter. Women are independent and exposed, so they choose whether to wed or remain single. Resultantly, people demonize the single women since they are expected wed as the ultimate expression of success. Xu Naijian explains her experience as a single woman in China through her story, “Because I’m Thirty and Unmarried.” Mainly, the writer laments on the unfairness against single women in her home country. First, Xu narrates her attempts to conform to the societal pressure to settle. The writer describes a date where she and her companion converse on non-issues (Xu 125). The narrator is bored, so she thinks that the date is a flop since she is a "Latecomer," and “Life's penalty for latecomers is always disappointment” (Xu 125). As the date continues, the writer states that she has wrinkles, and when the interaction concludes, she is sure that there would be no second date with the man. The first page indicates that since single women are under pressure in the Chinese society, they try to meet prospective spouses as the persona does in this story. After the date, the persona’s cousin is disappointed and says that the Xu is childish. At this point, the writer introduces the role of the family in the pressure to be married. The cousin
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assumes that the persona is to blame for the failed date. The cousin says, “You simply don’t try,
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