The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

2 August 2005

Slouching toward extinction

A startling prediction from Francis W. Porretto:

When reliable sex-selection techniques for planned children become available, your Curmudgeon expects that would-be mothers will select heavily for girl babies over boys. After all, the decision will be left in their hands, won't it? Can't have those nasty old men exerting any control over a woman's precious "right to choose," now, can we? And twenty years later, economics will rear its head, and young women desirous of mates will discover that the demand greatly exceeds the supply.

I think his projected outcome is correct, but how he gets there is definitely arguable. For one thing, women, I suspect, are more likely to be found in the anti-abortion ranks. Dean Esmay reports:

[G]o to a pro-life rally some time, and you'll notice that women, many of them women who've had abortions, tend to dominate these events, and usually outnumber the men.

And men, of course, could be said to have a vested interest in preserving the availability of abortion, especially if they hope to sow mass quantities of wild oats. If anything, this would propel women to select for more boys.

What's going to decimate the ranks of males, more likely, will be the very factors FWP mentions elsewhere in his article:

  • American women live, on average, three years longer than American men (78 vs. 75).

  • More than half the real property in the country is in women's names.

  • Staggeringly more research funding is devoted to breast cancer than to prostate cancer.

  • When the comparison is properly controlled for differences in academic qualifications, experience, and sufficiently specific job responsibilities, American women now out-earn American men, hour for hour. (Bet you've never read that anywhere else.)

  • Despite all the above, American law is festooned with explicit preferences for women over men, and with mechanisms whereby women are favored over men both politically and economically.

(Incidentally, if there's a magnetic ribbon promoting prostate-cancer research, I don't want to see it.)

And already, in the county in which I live, there are 82 single men for every 100 single women. Similar figures prevail in FWP's neck of the suburban woods. (Methodology here.) I have no reason to think the ratio will approach 1:1 by 2025.

Posted at 10:10 AM to Life and/or Death

It's a known fact that BOYS HAVE COOTIES!!!!!!

Posted by: Donna at 10:20 AM on 2 August 2005

Some of us grow out of it/them.


Posted by: CGHill at 11:02 AM on 2 August 2005

I, um, think the prostate ribbon is, um, brown. And it only sticks to the back of the car....on the trunk

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 12:42 PM on 2 August 2005

...and the ribbon is shaped like a filbert

Posted by: paulsmos at 1:07 PM on 2 August 2005

Nerts to you. (Brazil nerts, at that.)

Posted by: CGHill at 1:33 PM on 2 August 2005

the point is that weman are smarter in every way, thats right, weman are smarter(repeat chorus)

Posted by: capbob at 1:47 PM on 2 August 2005