That order has changed fundamentally in the past 25 years.
' “Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers.
“To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail.
XINRAN XUE, a Chinese writer, describes visiting a peasant family in the Yimeng area of Shandong province. “We had scarcely sat down in the kitchen”, she writes (see article), “when we heard a moan of pain from the bedroom next door…The cries from the inner room grew louder—and abruptly stopped.
There was a low sob, and then a man's gruff voice said accusingly: ‘Useless thing!
For the generation born in 2000-04, it was 124 (ie, 124 boys were born in those years for every 100 girls).
According to CASS the ratio today is 123 boys per 100 girls.
The real cause, argues Nick Eberstadt, a demographer at the American Enterprise Institute, a think-tank in Washington, DC, is not any country's particular policy but “the fateful collision between overweening son preference, the use of rapidly spreading prenatal sex-determination technology and declining fertility.” These are global trends.
And the selective destruction of baby girls is global, too.
‘Don't move, you can't save it, it's too late.' “‘But that's...murder..you're the police! The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes.
‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,' [an] older woman said comfortingly. Around these parts, you can't get by without a son.
‘That's a living child,' I said in a shaking voice, pointing at the slops pail. Girl babies don't count.'” In January 2010 the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) showed what can happen to a country when girl babies don't count.