Posted by: Tony Carson | 19 October, 2007

China’s son surplus and the growth of anger

The proportion of male births to female births (the “sex ratio”) is not merely unusual, but alarming. Worldwide, there are already 100 million girls “missing” due to sex-selective abortion and female infanticide, according to the English medical journal The Lancet. Fifty million of these girls are thought to be from China.

The 6 to 5 male-female ratio in China means there are a lot of men who will not be able to start families. If history is any guide, they will either find less savory things to occupy their time, or find women through equally unsavory means.

In many provinces, the sex ratio at birth is between 120 to 130 boys for every 100 girls; the natural number is about 104. What will happen in future decades when these boys grow up and look for wives?

This article in the Christian Science Monitor China’s surplus of sons: A geopolitical time bomb offers some interesting insights into a growing Chinese problem that requires immediate attention. Over-coming “Son preference” is a  widespread problem in many cultures.


  1. sound like a great opportunity to sell 100 million of those $6500 plastic women. cha ching!

  2. That is fateful… I am a man and single. I am going to do then…

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