Thursday, May 31, 2007

I'd Be Missing For Sure ...

.. if they could have known a third daughter was on the way. In The Missing Girls: A Society Out of Balance, Neil Katz, a PBS Frontline/World Fellow and his wife, Marisa Sherry, explore the issue of female sex selection:
In 2006, when my wife and I traveled to India to live and work, the one issue that kept grabbing our attention was northern India's deep cultural preference for sons over daughters. The desire for sons can be so great, that some families, after having a girl or two, will abort female fetuses until they bear a son. The practice is called female feticide or sex selection.
In Punjab's small farming villages, for example, they found five girls for every ten boys between the ages of zero and six. Watch the 14-minute video here and find links and resources about female sex selection here.

Source: SAJA blog

2 comments:

Jen Robinson said...

Well I, for one, am glad that you're not missing. It's really sad, isn't it? And you wonder what it's going to do to society in the longer term, when these boys can't find wives in the future.

Mitali Perkins said...

Apparently in parts of China they're discovering that a societal spike in testosterone levels is connected to an increase in violence and crime ... I forget where I read an article about this -- was it National Geographic?