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  •  Interesting -Sex Selection has led to making (11+ / 0-)

    ethnic Chinese women in great demand.  Equality comes at a price, but interestingly having less girls has caused them to have greater influence.

    Sexual revolution has come to China.  I hope they are ready for it.

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    by Sychotic1 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 09:34:21 AM PST

    •  It has actually made a difference for women (5+ / 0-)

      in China.

      First off, most of the sex selection happens in rural areas.  (not all, mind you)  I'm guessing if you divided up the 113 to 100 births between urban & rural, you'd be closer to the normal 107:100 average for urban Chinese, while probably closer to 115 or more:100 for rural.  I'm guessing the urban rate is still higher than 107:100, though.

      Also, in the past, if a family had 10 children and 5 were boys and 5 were girls, the boys would be the ones that got almost the entirety of the family resources in terms of money for schooling.  Now that most families have one child, with some having two, the families will put their monetary resources into helping that one child succeed educationally, be it a boy or a girl.

      I'm not endorsing the policy, but it has helped out women in China in terms of equality of opportunity - after the child is born and makes it to her first birthday.

      (And, just from my experience having been to China several times and knowing many Chinese here in the US, you'll find the younger generation of married men in the more urban eastern China doing a majority of the housework.  Ask somebody from China if it's true that men in Shanghai do all the housework, and most Chinese will respond that it's true.)

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      by newjeffct on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:34:15 AM PST

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      •  Agree and confirm (4+ / 0-)

        I taught Freshman English at a 300 year-old Chinese teachers college.

        Of my 300 students, 295 were girls.

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        by Zwoof on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 01:14:29 PM PST

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