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Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 11th 2009, 11:10 PM

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I'd love to be a girl in China looking for a boyfriend. The imbalance is crazy though. I can see it causing a lot of problems.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 11th 2009, 11:23 PM

I can also see this causing a lot of problems down the rode. It's partly due to girl-babies not being wanted though, and being abandoned. Hopefully China will get rid of the one child policy.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 11th 2009, 11:26 PM

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Hopefully China will get rid of the one child policy.
The problem with that is OVER-population. Way more then China already has. And if they have over population....Starvation...can occur...
   
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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 11th 2009, 11:40 PM

I agree that a country with that large a population needs some kind of control, but the one-child policy obviously has its own flaws. It makes me wonder how well a two-child policy would work. It still keeps the population in check; two parents to two children, so the population shouldn't grow, but it should do a lot to soothe the "must have boy" mentality.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 11th 2009, 11:52 PM

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I agree that a country with that large a population needs some kind of control, but the one-child policy obviously has its own flaws. It makes me wonder how well a two-child policy would work. It still keeps the population in check; two parents to two children, so the population shouldn't grow, but it should do a lot to soothe the "must have boy" mentality.
I think currently in rural China, they have a two-child policy with some exceptions. In rural families, if the first child born is a girl, the family is allowed to keep her and still try for a boy. If you get your boy, great, no need to try for more children...but if the second child is also a girl, that's it.

I'm really not sure what China should do. On the one hand, the one-child policy is creating a ridiculous imbalance in population. But if they eliminate it, their population could explode.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 12:24 AM

The one child policy would be fine in theory, but the problem is that girls aren't as "good" at working on farms and whatnot. The problem isn't the policy; it's the way people choose to deal with the hand they're dealt.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 02:06 AM

In theory yes, the policy is sound, but it fails to take human nature and (particularly) culture into account. And while you can alter the policy to account for the culture, it will take a very long time to change the culture to fit the policy, if such a change is even possible. So the policy isn't the root of the problem, but it's still part of it, and more importantly it's the part that can be addressed.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 05:33 AM

I agree that the policy isn't the entire problem, but to be honest and frank, if I were a mother in China, I'd be hoping for a boy, too! Girls don't have the same opportunities as boys in China, especially not in a rural context. Face it, girls, on average, are not as strong or as inclined to work physically as boys are. If I could only have one or two children to work my farm, you bet I'd want boys!

I'd also like to point out that there are not enough boys in China for every Chinese girl and ALSO for every man, woman and child in Canada. EVERY Chinese boy could marry a Canadian PERSON, and there would still be enough left over for EVERY Chinese girl. Where's mine? :P


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 08:35 AM

The one-child policy is necessary, as a country that over-populated requires some sort of control. Changing this is going to lead to problems for two reasons. First, it's going to make the already over-populated country even more over-populated. Second, it would require changing tradition where males are favoured. I think some would accept the change but many others probably wouldn't. In less populated areas, it's fine to have multiple children but males are still favoured. If let's say 50% are for the cultural change and 50% are against, it's going to lead to a big mess.

The alternative is to make jobs more accessible and more friendly for females, however, that still won't solve the over-population problem. Lots of Chinese have emigrated elsewhere but it's still over-populated. Either more have to emigrate or it's time to open up quite a few human slaughter houses, or possibly both.
   
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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 09:07 AM

the one child policy is necessary as they are trying to bring their population under control. a 2 child policy would keep the population at the level it is as people continue to replace themselves, and with being able to have more than that, the population increases. So the one child policy is implimented for a reason, and hopefully working for them.

as for the ratio - the chances of finding a boyfriend over there sound pretty good to me haha
   
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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 09:21 AM

haha I just came from there and i was wondering why every single girl had a boyfriend!! (haha just realised i said single girl)

There are 33million women missing in China (see 50 facts to change the world, whattabook!)

Which would balance things out a bit more evenly lol.


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Re: Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M - April 12th 2009, 09:53 AM

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Which would balance things out a bit more evenly lol.
Wow!!! That is terribly on the countries behalf that they have 33million of their people unaccounted for!

Would not want to be the one that had to own up to that!

How does a country of that size get away with something like that???
   
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