Episode 36

Episode 36:

Joining us in studio this week is Jack’s fellow Love Guru Council member, Edmond. Gavin brings in the issue of single women in China renting boyfriends over the holidays; an increasingly popular trend. We also discuss if Jack will make a good “rental boyfriend.” Meanwhile, Jack talks about how the clothing company Uniqlo was hit with backlash because they just wanted to hand out free clothing. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!

Sign the petition to get Jack a free piece of HeatTech clothing!

Afterwards, as a first on DIU Podcast, guest Love Guru Edmond provides us with an article for the Kao Lui Corner on how to find “the One.”

Additional Sources

Renting boyfriends for Chinese New Years.

I briefly mentioned Chunyun; the period of time when people migrate for the new year.

Uniqlo responds to backlash over free clothing.

Loose Ends

There was a bit of miscommunication on the show regarding China’s gender ratio. I brought up the point that there are 115.88 boys born for every 100 girls in 2014. Jack contested that the statistic is only a reflection of the birth rate in 2014, not of the overall population. However, according to Radio Free Asia (in 2015); out of the 1.36 billion people in China, there are 700 million men and 667 million women (a statistic that was reference on the show) – a difference of 33 million.

We discussed briefly about the “One-Child Policy,” which was started in the 1970s. Beijing announced at the end of 2013 that couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The rules vary depending on one’s living location (i.e. rural versus urban).

We talked about Abercrombie and Fitch, and their refusal to make clothes for large women. Jack claimed that A&F was still profitable after the backlash, when in reality, the company’s sales were decreasing circa 2012. The company has made slight rebounds in 2015 largely in part of rebranding efforts as the A&F of today no longer look like the A&F of yesteryears (targeted to the “super cool looking,” All-American kids). The old A&F didn’t offer XL or above sizes for women; the new A&F does have XL sizes (according to a brief search on their website). It’s highly possible that the company would have gone out of business if the downward trend continued. They threw away their old ideologies and practices which focused on a narrow market in order to stay afloat.

Jack claimed that HALF of the homeless population is homeless because of substance abuse and gambling. According to Alcohol Rehab, it is believed that 38 per cent of the homeless population abuse alcohol; while drug abuse consists of approximately 26 per cent of the population. A 2014 study in the UK found that gambling problems affect 11.6 per cent of the homeless population. Although these issues are still important to identify, it is important to understand that there are several other factors (many of which are beyond the control of the individual) which can result to someone becoming homeless.

Factors such as lack of affordable housing, abuse, mental health issues, and breakdown of the family unit, should all be considered when examining homelessness. However, whether the homeless should receive special treatment (i.e. free clothing) is entirely up to each individual’s morality. Moreover, to put the blame of homelessness solely on the poor decision making of an individual (i.e. claiming half of all homelessness is due to drug abuse and gambling) is a drastic misrepresentation for the causes of homelessness.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: Jack’s Change.Org petition 

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