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India states an estimate of 21 million of its girls are ‘unwanted’

The desire among parents in India to have sons instead of daughters has created 21 million “unwanted” girls, a government report estimates.

The finance ministry report found many couples kept on having children until they had a boy.

Authors called this a “subtler form” of son preference than sex-selective abortions but warned it might lead to fewer resources for girls.

Son preference was “a matter for Indian society to reflect upon”, they said.

The authors also found that 63 million women were “missing” from India’s population because the preference for sons led to to sex-selective abortions and more care was given to boys.

Tests to determine a foetus’s sex are illegal in India, but they still take place and can lead to sex-selective abortions.

Where are India’s millions of missing girls?

Some cultural reasons for son preference were listed, including:

  • Property passing on to sons, not daughters
  • Families of girls having to pay dowries to see their daughters married
  • Women moving to their husband’s house after getting married

The cultural preference for male children has even led one newspaper to list scientifically unfounded tips for conceiving boys, including facing west while sleeping, and having sex on certain days of the week.

The states most affected by son preference were Punjab and Haryana, while the least-affected was Meghalaya.

In Punjab and Haryana states there were 1,200 boys under the age of seven for every 1,000 girls of the same age, the authors of the Economic Survey found.

Henry Sapiecha

THE LEFTOVER WOMEN IN CHINA VIDEO REPORT

It is said that if you are a Chinese woman and over 25years & unmarried you are branded as a ‘leftover’ woman

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Henry Sapiecha

TIBET WOMEN COME OF AGE WITH A PAGEANT TO SHOW OFF THEIR WARES IN THIS VIDEO

Miss Tibet: A beauty pageant and a political act, Tibetan women’s moment in the limelight.

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Watch tibet woman pageant below:-

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Henry Sapiecha

 

Photo Project Shows The Culture And Counterculture Changes Of Women In The Past 100 Years

1920s Mainstream vs. Flapper image www.goodgirlsgo.com

In her project “Counter // Culture,” 16-year-old photographer Annalisa Hartlaub captures all the mainstream and countercultural movements that have defined the last 10 decades.  Through a series of 10 pictures, she documents how she believes she would have looked had she conformed to aesthetic norms vs been a bit more rebellious in the style of the time. Of course the photo shoot projects on women look in general from the different years and so she manages to present series of portraits that bring life to a century of women, contextualizing how the friction of mainstream and counterculture defined progression. Have a look:

1920s: Mainstream vs. Flapper

1920s Mainstream vs. Flapper image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1930s: Those less affected by the Great Depression vs those very affected.

1930s Those less affected by the Great Depression vs those very affected.image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1940s: Mainstream vs. Hepcat

1940s Mainstream vs. Hepcat image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1950s: Mainstream vs. Beatnik

1950s Mainstream vs. Beatnik image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1960s: Mainstream vs. Hippie

1960s Mainstream vs. Hippie image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1970s: Mainstream vs. Yippie

1970s Mainstream vs. Yippie image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1980s: Mainstream vs. Punk

1980s Mainstream vs. Punk image www.goodgirlsgo.com

1990s: Mainstream vs. Grunge

1990s Mainstream vs. Grunge image www.goodgirlsgo.com

2000s: Mainstream vs. Boho

2000s Mainstream vs. Boho image www.goodgirlsgo.com

2010s: Mainstream vs. Hipster

2010s Mainstream vs. Hipster image www.goodgirlsgo.com

Thank you Annalisa Hartlaub

Henry Sapiecha