a reply to: TrappedPrincess
The gender imbalance in India and China, and in many other countries where boy babies are favoured over girls, will become even more skewed than it is
today. On the positive side, millions of abortions (usually illegal and therefore unregulated, insanitary and dangerous) in those countries will no
The manufacturers of hand-held ultrasound scanners will see their earnings plummet.
The practice of giving dowries to bridegrooms will die out. Instead, the parents of prospective grooms will offer bride-prices to tempt the families
of the few marriageable girls available. The competition for wives will grow fierce and sometimes deadly. The practice of fighting duels over women
will revive in some countries. Honour killings will also become more widespread, and receive wider approval.
Violence and social unrest in the poorer world will increase still further due to the increase in lonely, frustrated young men who have never been
able to find a girlfriend, let alone a bride. In the Muslim world and other regions where polygamy is practiced, the existing shortage of women will
be further exacerbated. ISIS and its ilk will have legions of angry young misanthropes and misogynists to recruit from.
Patriarchical structures in all countries will grow more oppressive as the few men who can afford women grow more jealous of their possessions. Women,
being rare and precious, will be more closely confined, increasingly invisible. More of the Middle East will come to resemble Saudi Arabia. In other
countries, a resurgence of chivalry will paint a romantic veneer on the reality of violent competition for mating rights and the growing oppression of
women. Art and literature will reflect this; the works of the era will be full of pent-up sexual energy of the sort that was dissipated by modernism,
and which were last glimpsed in Western art around the time of Peter Paul Rubens.
Warfare will become nastier and more prevalent. Violence and cruelty will multiply. Without the pacifying and steadying influence women have
increasingly brought to society and the world of work in the years spanning female suffrage and the sexual revolution, men will be at each others'
throats again. In most of the countries I've been speaking of, the sexual revolution never happened, and now it will never happen.
For South Asia's rape culture, this will be like throwing gasoline on a bonfire. In China, the Party, fearing the consequences of massive gender
imbalance, may take over the function of deciding which sex a citizen's child (or in the case of city dwellers, children) should be: 'the Provincial
Committee has determined that this year your village must breed only girls.'
Of course, none of these things will happen in countries where there is no particular preference for boys over girls. Are there any countries like
that? Some would argue that it is true of all Western countries (whatever that means). Others might say that the Anglo-Saxon countries and perhaps the
Scandinavian one are relatively liberated, while men still rule the roost in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox world, as well as — plus ça
— in France.
Still others will say that, given the residual dominance of men even in the most sexually egalitarian modern societies, we can expect a general
preference for boy babies more or less everywhere and, over time, a reduction in the female birth-rate. Attempts will be made to legislate things back
to normal, but they will fail (as such attempts always do). The gains of the sexual revolution will melt and crumble piecemeal, like sandcastles.
There is absolutely nothing good about this development. Some will argue that it is good for parents who already have a child (or several) of one sex
and want one of the other; but this is a thoroughly trivial benefit to weigh against the massive social effects it will bring about. Most of these
will be effects of reversion; many of the features of the bad old days before the Pill will become salient once more.
But population growth will at last be curbed. Perhaps.
edit on 12/7/15 by Astyanax because: it was a long post.