Tuesday, April 27, 2004

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
Sex selection and female infanticide in Asia: emerging threat to world peace?
LP: A long article assessing the implications of sex selection in India, China, and elsewhere in Asia:

Money quote:

"In a new book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population (MIT Press), Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer warn that the spread of sex selection is giving rise to a generation of restless young men who will not find mates. History, biology, and sociology all suggest that these "surplus males" will generate high levels of crime and social disorder, the authors say. Even worse, they continue, is the possibility that the governments of India and China will build up huge armies in order to provide a safety valve for the young men's aggressive energies.

"In 2020 it may seem to China that it would be worth it to have a very bloody battle in which a lot of their young men could die in some glorious cause," says Ms. Hudson, a professor of political science at Brigham Young University."


Statistics from the book's authors:

"As sex-selective abortions have become more common in certain countries, boys vastly outnumber girls. In China in 1996, for example, there were 121 boys ages 1 to 4 for every 100 girls in the same age range."

Result: In India in 1991, there were 105.8 boy children under age 6, for every 100 girls. In 2001, there were 107.9 boys under age 6 for every 100 girls. In China in 1982, there were 107 boys ages 1-4 for every 100 girls. In China in 1996. there were 121 boys ages 1-4 for every 100 girls in that age group.

Where will the lonely, rootless, frustrated young Asian men go, in about 10-20 years? [End.]

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