Too Many Snips & Snails Put Asia’s Future At Risk

Most of the reasons for the preference in many Asian cultures for sons over daughters have long since passed into irrelevance, but “a strong preference for sons persists, enhanced by technology that increasingly allows parents to realize their desires. Amniocentesis and ultrasound can easily identify the sex of a fetus, and sex-selective abortion has become an everyday practice… Scholars and feminist organizations in both Asia and the West have produced many volumes of often conflicting advice about how to combat the practice. Now two political scientists have joined the fray with an ominous argument: Offspring sex selection could soon lead to war.”