October 29, 2007


Gendercide at Apocalyptic Levels - Experts (Zofeen Ebrahim, 10/29/07, IPS)

Experts at the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights are painting an apocalyptical vision of the Asian region where 163 million women are ‘missing’ and the sex ratio continues to decline as a result of easy access to modern gender selection techniques.

China tops the list of countries with a skewed sex ratio at birth (SRB) with just 100 females for every 120 males. India follows going by the country’s 2001 census, which revealed that the SRB had fallen to 108 males per 100 females.

Experts worry that unless action is taken, Nepal and Vietnam may soon have skewed SRBs. Countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh are already beginning to follow Asia’s largest countries with people resorting to medical technology to do away with the girl child at the foetal stage.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2007 5:36 PM

Setting all morality aside for a moment, does it not make sense that, over a period of decades, this should make females in general a more valuable commidity then they currently are, n'est pas?

Ultimate clash of culture vs. economics, I suppose.

Posted by: Andrew X at October 29, 2007 6:53 PM

Just wait until Margaret Atwood writes a book about it.

Posted by: ratbert at October 29, 2007 7:47 PM

In the US, sure, abortion has been a big feminist cause for decades. But in China/Nepal/Pakistan/Vietnam/etc. Roe is virtually unknown, and politicians are rarely feminist in any Western sense. Their selective abortion idiocy is just the result of their traditional discrimination against women combined with modern medical technology. That doesn't make it right, but it's not the fault of "feminism."

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 29, 2007 10:42 PM

Where do you think they got population control?

Posted by: oj at October 30, 2007 6:06 AM

From Marx.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 30, 2007 8:05 AM

They've been killing girl babies in the Far East since before Malthus was born.

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 30, 2007 11:13 AM

"it's not the fault of "feminism.""

I guess we shouldn't blame Pandora for opening up the jar either.

Posted by: mcf at October 30, 2007 11:24 PM