Mudcat Café message #2860045 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #127958   Message #2860045
Posted By: SINSULL
09-Mar-10 - 09:37 AM
Thread Name: BS: 96 Million Missing Women in Asia
Subject: RE: BS: 96 Million Missing Women in Asia
The problem in China was exacerbated by the introduction of portable sonograms. Women in outer regions could get better prenatal care but it didn't take them long to figure out that they could tell if their fetus was male or female. Since they are limited to one child and a male child will support his parents in their old age, females are aborted.
I wonder if the scarcity of eligible women for marriage will in fact increase their value and improve their lives in general. An unhappy wife may be more likely to be allowed to leave an abusive relationship if there are many men looking to replace the husband.
A while back I read an article that claimed that many Chinese women were postponing marriage in order to build a career and financial independence. In addition, with children migratiting to the cities for jobs, the tradition of caring for the elderly is disappearing. A lot of change in addition to tremendous manufacturing and financial growth.
It will be interestint to watch. The Old Guard is still firmly entrenched. Can they change to suit their new world?