File this one under "patriarchy* hurts men too."

Stupid headlines like this irritate the hell out of me:

This was a story in the Boston Metro (free transit newspaper) today that Hanna and I noticed while riding the T out to Harvard Square. The entire text of the article reads as follows:

China’s budding gender gap — inspired by decades of one-child-per-family law, and the resulting rise in baby-girl abortions and infanticides — could develop into an increase in violent crimes, a new study reports.

With 32 million more young men than women, and the imbalance only growing, sociologists worry about a coming spike in crime, when men take out their frustrations on an increasingly wealthy population.

The report paints a grim picture for a modernizing China. “If you’ve got highly sexed young men, there is a concern that they will all get together and, with high levels of testosterone, there may be a real risk, that they will go out and commit crimes,” lecturer Therese Hesketh told the AP.

I was particularly charmed by the boxed quote attributed to "Researchers" (names please? the title of this report? anything that would reliably enable readers to fact-check the study**?) which read: "Nothing can be done now to prevent this."

Because, you know, dudes are just violent animals without wives to keep them in check.

I dunno, people. I personally have faith that guys in China may find another, less violent, solution to the dearth of women.

*or "sexism" or "kyriarchy" if you prefer.  

**A little searching on the internet tracked the study I'm assuming they refer to back to the British Medical Journal

1 comment:

  1. I, too, noticed this article's lack of both specific information and any suggestion that there might be a speck of hope in the situation.

    Sorry, China: doooooooooooomed!