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All the perks of a pregnant woman in China, without the baby

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2012-08-12
  • 11:26 (GMT+8)
Various belly sizes simulating the different stages of pregnancy. (Internet photo)

Various belly sizes simulating the different stages of pregnancy. (Internet photo)

Fake bellies for pregnant women have become a hot online shopping item in China. Shoppers use the items — among other reasons — for faking a pregnancy before adopting a child, to avoid being laid off at work, and to enjoy the privileges to which pregnant women are accustomed.

Those products are priced at 400-1,200 yuan (US$65-$190) and are available in various sizes according to the length of the pregnancy. Sizes include approximations to a belly at two to four months, five to seven months, and eight to 10 months.

The product can be attached to the body with a belt or even glue.

A seller says that fake bellies differ in quality and some may be harmful to the skin.

A woman in Guangzhou spent 1,300 yuan (US$205) to purchase a whole set of fake bellies to help aid her and her husband's plan to adopt a child. They plan to claim that the child is their own.

A female employee at a realty marketing firm in Chongqing used fake bellies to cover up her lackadaisical business performance. Her colleagues eventually notified her manager, who then fired her.

Xiao Jing (pseudonym), a young woman in Chongqing, is hesitant about having a child. Under the encouragement of her husband, she has worn the belly to simulate pregnancy and has in the meantime found out that being a pregnant women in public has its perks, including being given priority when out shopping, doing things without the need to queue, or being given a seat on public transportation.

Wang Zhuo, professor of sociology at Sichuan University, points out with ethical nuance that fake bellies constitute a betrayal of trust rather than a case of forgery.

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