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"Too many men": What happens when women are outnumbered massively

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

This article published by The Washington Post describes the societal problems caused by female gendercide because of "too many men" in India and China.

Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree, and modern medical technology in the world’s two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.

The consequences of having too many men, now coming of age, are far-reaching. Beyond an epidemic of loneliness, the imbalance distorts labor markets, drives up savings rates in China and drives down consumption, artificially inflates certain property values, and increases in violent crime and trafficking.

Those consequences are not confined to China and India, but reach deep into their Asian neighbors and distort the economies of Europe and the Americas as well. Barely recognized previously, the ramifications of too many men are now coming into sight.

Out of China’s population of 1.4 billion, there are nearly 34 million more males than females — the equivalent of almost the entire population of California, or Poland. India, a country with a deeply held preference for sons and male heirs, has an excess of 37 million males, according to its most recent census. The number of newborn female babies compared with males has continued to plummet, even as the country grows more developed and prosperous. The imbalance creates a surplus of bachelors and exacerbates human trafficking, both for brides and for prostitution.

In the two countries, 50 million excess males are under age 20. The number of young boys in India and China has been outpacing the number of young girls by millions for at least 20 years. The effects on marriage have yet to peak as the largest imbalance between men and women of marriageable age (18 to 29), will come in the next few decades when the babies of the past decade grow up. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation. And demographers say it will take decades for the ramifications of the divide to fade away.

This well-written and thought-provoking article shares personal stories that show how the imbalance has gradually affected society and people's lives.

Read the article here



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