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Should Parents Be Allowed to Choose the Gender of Their Children? (At Issue) Hardcover – April 30, 2008
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It tries to mention in one chapter how it is tempting to see China's foeticide as sexist, then tries to explain how it isn't b/c girls were allowed to be born when needed, but that's been revoked. How is that NOT sexist?
Even in the USA female foeticide is condoned, since we are (despite how liberal we claim to be) a misogynistic and patriarchal culture. Since there is a rise in the male population there is an obvious increase in rape, human trafficking, and violence towards women. One thing I strongly disagree with is that everywhere in this book it is mentioned that 'unattached/single males' are the problem. That's sexism if I ever heard it! So married men don't rape? Really? WRONG! Or it's the idea that if he's married he owns his wife and she cannot/should not say no. This needs to stop.
Men are the problem, single or married. The problems toward women will increase until we stop allowing sex selection. It's immoral, it's sexist, and it will ruin this world.
But what are the consequences?
This even handed little book discusses all possible answers to that questions. Ethical concerns have plagued gender diagnosis from the start. Those who favor using such methods stress being able to test for possible genetic problems, such as females with a genetic disposition for breast cancer. However, others have decried the procedures. In general, "Christian traditions oppose for sex-selective purposes" (p 7).
Gender diagnosis goes on unabated now. "Between 1988 and 2003, there was a 33-fold increase in the annual manufacture of ultrasound equipment," (p 63) in India. Girl children were never preferred in the societies of China and India but before today there was no way to tell the gender of the child before birth. The new technology has cost the lives of fully 100 million females in China and India alone.
Anyone interested in the subject will want to read "Missing Daughters" about the 100 million women lost to abortion in India and China, and "Bare Branches" which discusses the consequences of having a huge surplus of men. "Bare Branches" argues that "history, biology, and sociology all suggest that these 'surplus males' will generate high levels of crime and social disorder...Even worse...is the possibility that the governments of India and China will build up huge armies in order to provide a safety valve" (78).
As we continue on this path, what will be the consequences?