Soapbox Speech: China's Female Infanticide

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China's Female Infanticide

Tied up in urine soaked blankets, scabs of mucus growing across her eyes. Her face, slowly shrinking to a skull, whilst malnutrition devours her two-year-old frame.

Good morning, Let me ask you, could you let this dreadful occurrence happen to your daughter? Your own flesh and blood? Straight after you have given birth to her? I know I couldn't! It's disgusting! Outrageous! And makes my stomach churn twice over. Sadly, this happens everyday over China, without question or protest. Something must be done! This issue is too inhumane to overlook. We can't just sit back and let the innocent die!

The practice of discrimination against girl babies is called, 'Female Infanticide' and has existed in China way back before the foundations of the People's Republic in 1949. However, the patriarchal views, that man are more superior to women in their society has been around since before most ancient Chinese writings were written.

These cultural beliefs that stand against women show why most parents in China wish for a son, and I quote, "their culture dictates, that when a girl marries, she leaves her family and becomes part of her husbands. For this reason, Chinese peasants have for many centuries wanted a son to ensure there is someone to look after them in old age - having a boy child is the best pension a peasant can get." The Dying Room's Trust,New York Times,November 2,1997. J.Lowes

While these views are so wrong in themselves, China, is currently sitting at staggering 2.1 billion people, growing by 21 million annually. These statistics show China is on the boarder line of economic instability, thus becoming reasons for why they brought in a new system, to keep the small, overpopulated country under control. This system is called, The One child Policy...