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1 theheat  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 2:17:25pm

I find abortion for gender selection pretty sickening. It's one thing if the pregnancy was unplanned, or the fetus suffered some horrible abnormality, but to terminate a pregnancy because the child didn't have a diddle, that's pretty cold blooded. It's way, way creepy.

And here's a thought that may or may not apply: if you live in a "village" in 2011, do you need five kids? Maybe what you need to consider is birth control. Not abortions, but pregnancy prevention.

2 Charles Johnson  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 3:18:25pm

Fancy little quote insert you got goin' there!

3 BishopX  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 3:21:01pm

There's a large economic component to this story. A Woman's family is expected to pay a dowry as well as paying for the wedding (which can cost two years wages). Some of this isn't gender discrimination per se, but rather a rational decision that the family cannot provide for another girl.

4 freetoken  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 3:27:43pm

re: #2 Charles

Fancy little quote insert you got goin' there!

It most certainly is. I take it we can use span and class="pgleft" to accomplish the same in any Page?

5 CuriousLurker  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 3:33:12pm

re: #2 Charles

Fancy little quote insert you got goin' there!

Heh, yeah. I stole the code from the photo insert and added a little CSS to turn it into a pull quote. Sometimes I can't resist tinkering. I considered trying to make it even fancier, but decided it would be best not to make it too different from the regular look & feel.

6 CuriousLurker  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 3:36:10pm

re: #4 freetoken

It most certainly is. I take it we can use span and class="pgleft" to accomplish the same in any Page?

You can, but watch out for carriage returns & double line break tags as they'll get converted into paragraph tags and throw everything out of whack.

7 CuriousLurker  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 3:44:19pm

re: #3 BishopX

There's a large economic component to this story. A Woman's family is expected to pay a dowry as well as paying for the wedding (which can cost two years wages). Some of this isn't gender discrimination per se, but rather a rational decision that the family cannot provide for another girl.

Yes, I understood that much, but it just seems...really bad for the women in terms of their health, having multiple abortions like that. After all, an abortion is a surgical procedure and therefore carries risks. The woman could end up with an infection, hemorrhaging, etc. What if, when they decide they want another child, she can't carry it to term?

Better to just prevent pregnancy, as theheat mentioned. I realize that that may not be an option, culturally speaking, but still.

8 Interesting Times  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 4:56:10pm

re: #7 CuriousLurker

People love to act as if Muslim countries are the only ones where horrible sex discrimination occurs. They need a reminder that, in addition to what you've paged here, Hindu-dominated India has plenty of other disgustingly misogynistic traditions *cough* bride-burning *cough*

Though women are overwhelmingly the ones who suffer most, this idiotic cultural misogyny is starting to have consequences for men as well:

Men in Haryana, unable to find a bride at home, are willing to pay up to 100,000 rupees ($2,222) to marry an "imported" girl from states like West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar or Madhya Pradesh.
...
Usually, a bride's family pays a large dowry to the groom's family. But these days prospective grooms in areas short on women often need to have substantial amounts of land and a secure government job if they are to win a wife.

Hope you're happy, guys. You're creating a society where only the well-off can find wives, and scads of young, frustrated, single males who'll vent that frustration in all manner of undesirable ways.

9 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 6:15:05pm

While 4 abortions is certainly not good for a women's health, 9 pregnancies would be very, very hard on her body.

If her husband insisted she keep getting pregnant until she produced a boy, and she was not in a position to tell him to "take a hike", abortions might be the safer alternative.

Pregnancy and childbirth are the single most dangerous activity a engage can engage in. With modern medicine we forget that.

10 CuriousLurker  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 7:36:00pm

re: #8 publicityStunted

Wow, interesting links. Thanks. None of the women in that first article look too happy (and I can certainly understand why).

Women seem to get the short end of the stick the world over. I wonder if that'll ever change... *sigh*

11 CuriousLurker  Thu, Sep 15, 2011 7:43:17pm

re: #9 ggt

If her husband insisted she keep getting pregnant until she produced a boy, and she was not in a position to tell him to "take a hike", abortions might be the safer alternative.

Good point. That hadn't occurred to me.


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