For many years the Chinese government has enforced a one-child-per-couple policy in order to control population growth. One of the unintended consequences is that there are now roughly 160 million “missing” girls in Asia. What will this mean as these generations grow up and what does it mean to us in America? These are the questions journalist Mara Hvistendahl tries to answer in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. Hvistendahl visits not just China (where 121 boys are born for every 100 girls), but other places where this trend has developed, such as Eastern Europe and Asian immigrant communities in the U.S., discovering the increases in sex-trafficking and bride buying that are already taking place and are sure to continue as long as such an extreme gender imbalance exists. Because of the growing prevalence of this practice, the world balance between male and female births has changed from the normal 105 males per 100 females to biologically impossible 107 males, so this is clearly a problem that affects everyone.
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men as well as the books below can be found on the NEW BOOKS DISPLAY at the Prairie State College Library.