40,000,000 CHINESE BOYS ARE FACING LIFE WITHOUT A WIFE It is hard to imagine adoption wasn’t an option when you look at the beautiful young girls in the image to the left. But when societies are secret even the best laid plans can spiral out of control. We want to be clear that we don’t believe the Chinese government had any of this in mind when they adopted their one child policy to address their overpopulation problem. They were as perplexed by what took place as everyone else. Should they have acted sooner, there is no doubt about it. But they were a very closed society when this began and the mere fact some of this information is even available speaks loudly of their intention to get it resolved. We salute the Chinese Government of today for the openness that made this article and others like it possible. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences predicts that in the year 2020, China will have as many as 40,000,000 more men than women under the age of 20. That’s roughly the equivalent of the entire population of young men in the United States, or twice as many as in the three largest countries in Europe, all facing the prospect of being excluded from a society where having a family is a requirement just to “belong.” In 1978, China instituted its one child policy to address its massive overpopulation problem, and since that time, as many as 400,000,000 abortions have taken place. With Chinese parents’ strong traditional preference for boys, it’s not surprising that the vast majority of them were destined to be little girls. When nature is allowed to run its course, there are 105 boys born for every 100 girls, but in some parts of China, the ratio can be as high as 130-1 today. The abortion problem is just the beginning. Women are blamed when a “family raid” finds a violation of the one child policy. They are often dragged out of their homes screaming and forced to have an abortion, to set an example. If the midwife assists in giving birth when she finds a violation and the child is a girl, it is killed almost immediately, while a boy is often allowed to live. In a society where girls don’t count, it’s no surprise that China has the highest female suicide rate in the World. Forced abortion traumatizes women and by some estimates from the WHO, as many as 500 Chinese women commit suicide every day. We could speak at length about what might happen when little boys become big boys with too much time on their hands, but most of the behavior is obvious and is already taking place. Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery are on the rise, but that’s just the beginning. The evidence is equally clear there is increased violence almost everywhere an imbalance between the sexes, on this scale, has been allowed to occur. This violence appears to be localized at the moment, but will it remain so in the long run? Will this massive social experiment have consequences for us all? Nothing on this scale has ever happened before, so there is no way to know how growing up in a society without the balance provided by an adequate supply of women will affect the attitudes and beliefs that will drive the behavior of these young boys. But we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.