Lianyungang, a booming port city, has China's most extreme gender ratio for children under four: 163 boys for every 100 girls. These numbers don't seem terribly grim, but in 10 years, the skewed sex ratio will pose a colossal challenge. By the time these children reach adulthood, their generation will have 24 million more men than women. The prognosis for China's neighbors is no less bleak: Asia now has 163 million females "missing" from its population. Gender imbalance reaches far beyond Asia, affecting Georgia, Eastern Europe, and cities in the U.S. where there are significant immigrant populations. The world, therefore, is becoming increasingly male, and this mismatch is likely to create profound social upheaval.
Historically, eras in which there have been an excess of men have produced periods of violent conflict and instability. Mara Hvistendahl has written a stunning, impeccably researched book that does not flinch from examining not only the consequences of the misbegotten policies of sex selection but Western complicity with them.
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- Seth P Dow
Interesting idea but...
Overall a great insight into the complex topic of gender imbalance. Some parts of the book end up feeling like long lists of the same phenomenon, asia has a problem, Vietnam
Has a problem, India has a problem... The books ends well in a summary of the issues that are a result of gender selection.
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- David Graham
my next toastmasters speech!
this has really opened my eyes to a different perspective on abortion and I'll use it as my next Toastmasters speech topic