Thursday, December 28, 2006

WHO knows.

12 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh my god - I studied about this in college - female infanticide and the number of women who have abortions upon finding out their first child is not a boy. So disgusting.

Priyank said...

Ouch. That hurt.

Mengsha said...

Wow. We're still such a male-dominated, misogynistic society.

Colin Campbell said...

Ugly but true.

Anonymous said...

What "misogynistic society" are you talking about? Do you live in China? Because that is where it happens.

kemitche said...

It is harder to tell if you have a boys baby when using a sonongram. If you can't see the penis, then you don't know for sure. Many people are told they're having a girl and end up having a boy....

Nienke said...

True and frightening.
And just a suggestion: I know you don´t do actual mathematics, but the graph would make more sense if you switched the parameters.
Sorry for being pedantic and thank you for an inspiring blog.

J said...

Wow.

A depressing reminder.

Jonathan Fung said...

Nienke is probably right on the parameters...but man, that was a weird graph.

Anonymous said...

Not if you're graphing in economics, where the independent variable is mapped to the y-axis for some godforsaken reason.

Amy Cara said...

So it's not so simple, but what a striking graphic you have made! And WHAT A TITLE!

Its not just in China, as one commenter suggested, nor is it accurate to imagine that "our society" does not include the 25% of humans that are Chinese!

Actually, the worst areas of the world (for gender disparity in life expectancy) are located in India. There's significant disparity in other parts of Asia, and in Africa and Latin America, too.

In 1990 Amartya Sen calculated that 100 Million Women were missing from the Earth's population. You can read the New York Review article at ucatlas.ucsc.edu/gender/Sen100M. Sen suggested that boys were given more or better food and medical care than their sisters. Of course, infanticide probably plays a part.

More recent studies find correlations to womens' education, economic independence, power within the family, rights in and after divorce, access to police protection (from DV or sexual violence), and ability to travel independently (to work, doctor, or a safe haven). Also, FGM raises childbirth mortality rates, causes infections, and accompanies the political disempowerment of women.

Also, don't forget that rape has been a tool of war since time began, and that women represent the great majority of slaves at present (generally sex or domestic workers) and often die of violence, lack of medical care, or during trafficking.

I always wonder how moms think about killing their daughters. Are they depriving the baby for their own benefit? Or saving her from their own troubles? Or something else?

Russell said...

Seriously. Has anyone considered the ture essense of the stupidity involved in this? A woman, in killing her daughter, is effectively killing herself. Certainly if her mother had been so inclined, she would not be here to make this decision. :-(

 
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