Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2011 - Birth control - 314 pages
"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 ten years, the skewed sex ratio will pose a colossal challenge. By the time those children reach adulthood, their generation will have twenty-four 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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Fascinating, detailed, portrait of the societal impact of the vast preference for mail children now that testing is available. A but too much history in India and China for my taste but quite ... Read full review

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I don't remember exactly what bugged me about this book (since I read it several months ago), but what I do remember is (a) author had some sort of hobby-horse (abortion, I think?) and (b) I found ... Read full review

Contents

THE DEMOGRAPHER
3
THE PARENT
25
THE ECONOMIST
44
THE DOCTOR
70
THE IMPERIALIST
91
A GREAT Chapter 6 THE Chapter 7 THE Chapter 8 THE Chapter 9 THE Chapter 10 THE GENERAL
133
FEMINIST
217
THE WOMANLESS Chapter 11 THE BRIDE
280
THE BABY
337
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