You need a few extra boys for balance, because men die earlier.We are learning right now what happens when the sex ratio becomes wildly out of whack, through a huge unintended experiment.“Nothing like this has happened in human history,” the wrote in an April 2018 article.
The woman shortage is having harmful consequences in China and sometimes in neighboring countries.
Human Rights Watch looked at one of those consequences for a report forthcoming in 2019 focused on bride-trafficking from Myanmar to China.
In Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan states, bordering China, long-standing conflict escalated in recent years, displacing over 100,000 people.
Traffickers prey on vulnerable women and girls, offering jobs in, and transport to, China.
When women lack equal rights and patriarchy is deeply engrained, it is no surprise that parents choose to not to have daughters. For example, China now has a huge, and growing, gender gap among the generations most likely to be seeking a spouse—a bride shortage.
Experts project that many of the extra men will never marry; others may go to extreme measures to do so.
And, of course, staying single was a horrible fate.
The World Health Organization says the natural sex ratio at birth is about 105 boys to every 100 girls and its best to have equal numbers of men and women in a society.
Butler sees body as a ‘prison’ of gender and sexuality in reference to Foucault’s chapter on “Docile Bodies” whereby “the body was in the grip of very strict powers, which imposed on it constraints, prohibitions or obligations” (Foucault 1975 p136), although there is some scope for resistance and malleability.
Butler follows this in her work by arguing that society inscribes on our external physical bodies our internal gender and sexuality.