Lecture 15 - Female Disadvantage

author: Robert Wyman, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University
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In East and South Asia there are many more boys than girls. Previously, this resulted from female infanticide, now it is sex-selective abortion. In those cultures, girls generally marry out of the family as teenagers and thus provide no benefit for the family that raised them. Bangla Desh is agriculturally very rich, but its population is so dense that per capita income is one of the lowest in Asia. Despite the poverty, an excellent family planning program has greatly reduced fertility.

Reading assignment:

Repetto, Robert. "Second India Revisited: Population Poverty and Environmental Stress over Two Decades." World Resources Institute (June 1994), pp. 11-20

Weaver, May Anne. "Gandhi's Daughters." The New Yorker, 10 January 2000

Jehl, Douglas. "Arab Honor's Price: A Woman's Blood." The New York Times, 20 June 1999

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