Unnatural Selection is one of those topics that stay with you. When the publisher introduced the book, it really hit home for me. Asia alone is missing 160 million women and girls, a number equal to the entire female population of the United States.
UNNATURAL SELECTION by Mara Hvistendahl
This shocking exposé probes the causes of Asia’s massive gender imbalance—and explores its potential impact across the globe.
In 2007, there were 37 million more Chinese men than women. The government is trying to undo the damage, debating the timeline for phasing out the strict population planning targets and painting village walls with cheerful slogans like: BOYS AND GIRLS ARE BOTH TREASURES. But as Chinese couples make more money, fertility is naturally declining. So today’s bachelors will form an even larger portion of the country’s population than officials anticipated.
“A hard-hitting, eye-opening study that not only paints a dire future of a world without girls but traces the West’s role in propagating sex selection…. Hvistendahl’s important, even-handed exposé considers all sides of the argument and deserves careful attention and study.” —Kirkus, starred review
If you are interested in reading a fiction title that speaks to this issue read Shilpi Somaya Gowda book SECRET DAUGHTER published by Harper Collins. I heard Shilpi speak at midwinter ALA in San Diego. She beautifully describes what selective gender imbalance feels like when a mother decides to go against her husbands wishes to do away with her newborn baby just as he had with their firstborn daughter.