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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"The Future is Female" ~ Really?




This past weekend millions upon millions of people marched and protested around the world with a lot on their minds. Some of their concerns I get; others I don't. And that's okay. 

Not a few of the women marching wore shirts with the words, Fem the Future, Female Future or The Future is Female. The messages called to my mind a book that was published in 2011 and which I'd recommend to anyone/everyone: Unnatural Selection ~ Choosing Boys Over Girls, And the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl.

Here is a book review written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University:

"Unnatural Selection is an important book and a fascinating read. Mara Hvistendahl is a delightful writer: witty, engaging, and acute. But the tale she tells is deeply disturbing. Asia alone is missing 160 million women and girls, a number equal to the entire female population of the United States. According to Hvistendahl, the culprit is less deeply rooted cultural gender bias than rising wealth, elite attitudes, and Western influence and technology. Development, at least for the coming decades, will produce not only fewer children overall, but also many fewer girls. The result is a future for many parts of the world, from India to China, Azerbaijan to Albania, where brides are much more likely to be bought, women are much more likely to be trafficked, and men are much more likely to be frustrated. For the present, we must confront the stark reality that the availability of ultrasound and ready abortion are sharply reducing the number of women in the world."


I'm pleased to see a book like this written without religious input; many more people will pay attention. Ms. Slaughter doesn't refer to this final bit: we need only look to the American wild west, shoot-em-up world of gold rush days to see what happens to a world without females. There, the only women to be found were prostitutes, barmaids and maybe a schoolteacher. A world absent of women is all bullets, fistfights, brawls, drunkenness and personal degradation. Bombs, if they were to be had. 

An easy enough read, the book can be gotten for pennies online.

10 comments:

  1. This looks to be an interesting read. AS a woman, I have experienced gender discrimination, but not anything so drastic as what you refer to. I believe that the march for women made an important statement to the world: We demand equality for all. This refers to race, and religion as much as gender identify.

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    1. Jesus may have been the first in the ancient world to make this equality claim for women (and children). It's very often a woman who is the star or the hero of a Jesus-story. But we won't let it be - people still identify Mary Magdalen as a converted protitute which is absolutely false. She is not. But she, along with the other women, are the first to learn of the Resurrection (which if Christ's Rising was not true, you'd never pick a woman to be the principal witness) and Mary Magdalen who, running off with Easter-news, is the Apostle to the Apostles. This is what happens when we lose our Gospel center.

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  2. It is unfathomable to me that women are still treated differently than men in this country where we are supposedly all free and equal. How can this be possible? Today's generation of girls are taught to be anything they want to be. Is it because we read about these other countries that the inferiority myth continues?

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    1. In my work with teens in crisis, I've come across countless girls who believed they had nothing to offer but their laugh to boy's jokes and their bodies. I wonder what part the beauty industry plays in that self-perception. A few years ago there was an American TV show called, "The Swan" where young women completley made themselves over from "ugly duckling" to "swan." In the end only one was named "winner" which seemed to me to send the message to the others, "You're still not good enough."

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  3. All of any one type of person would create problems. We need a little of everything to make the world go round smoothly.

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  4. To be sure! But this book makes the case that an overload of global testosterone might prove to be particularly dangerous for our world.

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    1. I agree Father Stephen! Even the strongest willed women would not be as violent as an all testosterone world platform. Every group has their pluses and minuses so we all have to work together. Any many who knows a self assured, independent woman knows that she is just as mentally competent as he is and would never doubt their equality.

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    2. Of great sadness too is that in some of Asia's poorest countries, parents are not aborting female fetuses but letting them be born - then raising them up to be prostitutes which means income for the family. There are lots of global problems that could be solved if we sought to eliminate poverty. But the gap between the richest and the poorest - whether it's individuals or countries - seems only to widen.

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  5. Women's issues have been out in front for many years now. Always creating a big stir. Abortion, being the biggest issue of all. These Marches exposed the strong opposition to women who oppose abortion. They were spit upon, signs torn and in some cases, the women were knocked down. These unsettled women have no regard for either boy or girl. It is unnatural for a woman to want to kill her baby. The ultrasound is a great invention in some ways but not all. Whatever the reason, these poor babies will suffer and die for selfish wants. The book does look good.

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  6. The book's premise is an important one. It's about females being selected over boys in more than a few countries and our government's enabling this by providing ultasound machines which make the selecting easier. As for the being spit upon and knocked down - Jesus said that would happen and worse. Some would say we should even invite it.

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