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Headlines You Couldn't Make Up: One-child policy a surprising boon for China girls

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Seriously? Are you freaking kidding me?:

Since 1979, China's family planning rules have barred nearly all urban families from having a second child in a bid to stem population growth. With no male heir competing for resources, parents have spent more on their daughters' education and well-being, a groundbreaking shift after centuries of discrimination.

Oh, that's great! Girls are really thriving under China's one-child policy. Excellent!


Crediting the one-child policy with improving the lives of women is jarring, given its history and how it's harmed women in other ways. Facing pressure to stay under population quotas, overzealous family planning officials have resorted to forced sterilizations and late-term abortions, sometimes within weeks of delivery, although such practices are illegal.

The birth limits are also often criticized for encouraging sex-selective abortions in a son-favoring society. Chinese traditionally prefer boys because they carry on the family name and are considered better earners.

With the arrival of sonogram technology in the 1980's, some families no longer merely hoped for a boy, they were able to engineer a male heir by terminating pregnancies when the fetus was a girl.

"It is gendercide," said Therese Hesketh, a University College London professor who has studied China's skewed sex ratio.

Gendercide, but in a good way? Come on.

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Submitted by okanogen on

Seems appropriate to quote here a somewhat related post (just cause I love the Red Queen).

As feminists, we talk a whole hell of a lot about choice, the choice to have an abortion, the choice to use birth control. But there is a huge portion of the feminist community that can't see the otherside of choice. I have heard from declared feminists that "poor women shouldn't have babies they can't afford". Well there goes a majority of the world's population.