March 20, 2002 | David F. Coppedge

A Bad Kind of Sexual Selection

51; Darwin taught a kind of sexual selection that presumed mate choice can lead to extravagant sexual differences.  There is a kind of sexual selection going on among humans that is by intelligent design – with bad consequences.  In this case, the selections are not being made by potential mates, but by parents.
    According to PhysOrg, “In the next 20 years in large parts of China and India, there will be a 10% to 20% excess of young men because of sex selection and this imbalance will have societal repercussions, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).”
    What has led to this harmful imbalance?  For one, it is Asian preference for sons, based on cultural traditions with long histories.  For another it is abortion law: “A preference for sons in China, India and South Korea combined with easy access to sex-selective abortions has led to a significant imbalance between the number of males and females born in these countries.”  Finally, in China, the 30-year-old one-child policy has pressured many parents to make sure their one child is a boy (09/18/2010).
    What is the cost of this deliberate sex selection?  “The societal implications mean that a significant percentage of the male population will not be able to marry or have children because of a scarcity of women,” the article stated.  “In China, 94% of unmarried people aged 28 to 49 are male, 97% of whom have not completed high school, and there are worries the inability to marry will result in psychological issues and possibly increased violence and crime.

Where are the feminists?  Where is the outrage about baby girls being selectively aborted?  Is this an evolutionary trait of human beings that forces dictators and parents to make irrational decisions, or are human beings morally responsible for their actions and the consequences?  We all know the answer.  Evil choices are especially egregious when they affect the next generation.

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