Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

The Vanishing Girl Child

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

The Vanishing Girl Child

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The Vanishing Girl Child J. Kishore. Century Publications, New Delhi, 2005; 143pp.

This monograph is an exploration of the increasingly common practice of female feticide. Kishore takes into consideration variables such as religion, cultural practices, and economic, educational and political factors that contribute to the perception of women as inferior to men and consequently lead to cultural practices that reduce the number of female children. The main focus of the discussion is the use of medical testing for the purposes of selective abortion in India.

The discussion is organized as a progression of arguments beginning with the basics of gender and a picture of the increasing imbalance of sex ratios in countries that practice female feticide. Kishore provides the reader with insight into the role of major religions in the construction of male/female relationships and status. Cultural practices that maintain the various ideologies are included, along with economic, educational and political factors that support the status quo.

This monograph is important in the context of the abuse of medical technologies to determine foetal sex and the willingness of the medical profession, in some instances, to abort foetuses for reasons of sex/gender. …

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