Thanks to China’s one child policy, mixed with what I consider to be a eugenics mindset that sees boys as more valuable than girls–certainly based in part on cultural issues and the perceived need of parents to be cared for in old age–there will soon be 30 million more men of marriageable age than women. From the story in the Chicago Sun Times: “Sex-selective abortion is prohibited, but the government says the practice remains widespread, especially in rural areas. The report said China’s sex ratio for newborns in 2005 was 118 boys to 100 girls, a big jump from 110 to 100 in 2000. In some regions, such as the southern provinces of Guangdong and Hainan, the ratio has ballooned to 130 boys to 100 girls.”
Sex selection is big in India, too. Moreover, if transhumanists and other assorted Brave New Worlders get their way and parents begin to pick and choose the attributes they want in their children–from sex, to capacities, to even disability–such imbalances could someday become the norm.