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  • Where Are All the Girls?

    June 21, 2011
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    In response to:

    "The War Against Girls"
    Wall Street JournalJune 18, 2011

    This is a comment on a Jonathan Last review of a book of bio-cultural commentary. It's so very meta, I know.

    The book, Unnatural Selection, by Mara Hvistendahl highlights the falling birthrates of girls worldwide, but especially in China, India, and other countries in the mid- to far-East.

    The reasons are a fairly complex mix of the socio-economic, the moral, and the cultural. Suffice it to say, girls are being aborted at an alarming rate.

    Abortion in an of itself is a dark prospect, but sex-selection goes even further. And the issues, as Last and Hvistendahl point out aren't simply moral. There are some other serious side effects (increased violence, for example, as men literally compete for women). I'll leave the rest to the review.

    Hvistendahl draws some strange conclusions, and as Last points out, tend to bend over backwards to let everyone know she's not on the Christian Right.

    No matter, the facts are there and thinking people can make logical conclusions. Suffice it to say, we're in dire straits.

    At the risk of sounding nostalgic, society used to cherish and protect women, now we're killing them off and casting them aside with all the vigor of the Vikings and the Mongols, except we're doing it to ourselves.

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