China’s Birth Limits Create Dangerous Gender Gap

Experts are concerned that the growing demographic gap between boys and girls could lead to social issues down the road, as China now registers 119 boys born for every 100 girls. AP reports:

The imbalance is expected to steadily worsen among people of childbearing age over the next two decades and could trigger a slew of social problems, including a possible spike in by young men unable to find female partners, said an author of the report published in the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal.

“If you’ve got highly sexed young men, there is a concern that they will all get together and, with high levels of testosterone, there may be a real risk, that they will go out and commit crimes,” said Therese Hesketh, a lecturer at the Centre for International Health and Development at University College London. She did not specify what kinds of crimes.

The study said analysis of China’s 2005 census data extrapolated that males under age 20 exceeded their female counterparts by a whopping 32 million.

For more on the social consequences of the , see this previous New York Times report and video on the kidnapping of baby boys.

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