Discuss. Especially with any of your more enlightened friends from the sub-continent.
160 million missing women.
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I suggest that one possibility is that, in the near future, women will have scarcity value and that consequently, their status will go up. Perhaps I'm just being optimistic.
Obviously that's fucked up, Rikkor, but seeking out Indians and raising this issue with them just seems like self-serving moral show-boating.
When I lived overseas, I was often the only Brit anyone knew, and all the self-righteous semi-informed petit-intellectuals would, having read a newspaper article or seen a documentary, come out of the woodwork and "discuss" the behaviour of Britain in India, Ireland, Iraq etc.
"shut the fuck up, I'm trying to get drunk. I'm not a fucking spokesman for Britain", I'd say. My "deal" was that I would never seek reflected glory from anything positive Britain or England achieved either (because I also had very little to do with those successes).
I'm sure you get tired of being "the American" sometimes. No? Oh alright then.
Waiting for women to become scarce...? That might be seen as a rather brutal application of laissez-faire market forces...
The BBC wrote an article on this a month ago:
The only way anything will change is for the Indian/Chinese/Indonesian/etc governments to act, and I can't really see that happening.
They also need to address the issue of family planning (in a healthy way), but I can't see that happening either.
well i for one am so glad there are "160 million women missing"...
now us men can happily go the pub when we want, turn on mans tv channels and eat what whatever we want,
alcohol sales and junk food sales will soar (buy shares) and complicated white goods such as washing machines and washdishers will fall, perhaps there will be "in our aqiarial dawn"... cold beer dispensing machines that operate by voice command and statues of women dotted around the place to remind us the only good woman is a quiet woman !!!!
Golgo, I wasn't suggesting it as a policy, merely pointing out that a scarcity of available brides will push their cachet up, and might even reverse this trend, as people realise that their daughters have social value and stop aborting them. Again, perhaps I'm being optimistic.
Yes, Be Reasonable, you are indeed being optimistic. They already have that 'scarcity value' but not to themselves, to the men who sell them into marriage or prostitution.
Not sure what eactly Rikkor is trying to prove, mind. Or maybe he's just trying to wind us up as usual....
@be reasonable...wasn't having a pop at you really...just "running with" the concept...
Fair enough. ☺
Perhaps it's just a statistical issue.
Imagine that all Indian families want a boy. And assuming a maximum of 2 children and they stop once they have a boy:
First child, 50% will be boys, 50% will be girls.
The 50% who have boys will stop then.
The 50% who had a girl will have a 2nd child, and 50% of them will have a boy.
So.. That means 75% of families will have boys, and only 50% of families will have girls.
Statistics are great fun!
Somewhere in China, there are girls (probably young women by now, actually, if they have been allowed to live) rejoicing in the names 'Useless' and 'Give me a boy next time'. Not such fun.
Somewhere in the UK (or possibly the USA, I'm not sure) there is a girl rejoicing in the name 'Peaches' who has siblings with even more ludicrous names, and somebody gave her a fucking TV show. No fun at all.
A 160million shortage of women presents me with a huge moral dilemma.
Clearly my career aspirations would rocket with a switch to pimpery.
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