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I thought this podcast was very interesting, but at the same time, the facts presented were somewhat… disturbing? If that’s the correct word. In 1935 a new beginning in China called the ‘Peoples Republic of China’ began; its leader, loved reproduction. More babies = More labor later on = More money. But in 1970 nearly 30 years after the promotion of reproduction, there were 6 births per child and the population was already 1/3 of the entire world. In 1979 they passed a policy to where you were only allowed to have one child, appropriately named the ‘One-child policy’.
Between these times the life expectancy grew from 35, to 70. But there are some startling statistics. The poverty class decreased from 250 million people, to 40 million within the years of the policy, and it is thought as “Turbo Family Planning” having you wait to have a child, since it is meeting quotas for birth rates. This system makes good economic sense, but not great sociological.
This policy has also been looked at as controversial and sexist, saying that China prefers boys over girls because the abortion rate is higher for girls than boys. One reason behind this is because boys (as working men) will earn more than women, and earning more money = more economic prosperity. But due to this drop in female counterparts in the future it is expected that 15% of men won’t have women in the future to mate with.
The projection for China is said to be about 1.6 billion in 2050, only due to this policy being in play. Personally I believe that this is wrong to single out the female environment in China (and anywhere else for that matter) to not earn as much as a man in the working environment. I also believe stopping this before it happens (abortion) on due to this statistic is outrageous. I believe it should be a right, but part of me says that people should be responsible about their decisions when it comes to having a child, and that goes for everyone.
This was a interesting podcast of "Stuff You Should Know" I had heard some things about China not wanting to have females, and trying to only have males. However I didn't know that people can only have one child, unless there is an acception to have another. Something I thought was interesting was "Late, Long, and Few" you marry late, wait a long time to have children, then only have few children. It was really sad to me that they have to have a program to help girls feel better about being girls, because their culture prefers men over women. This podcast was a reminder for me of how glad I am that in America everyone has freedom to choose how many children they want and it doesn’t matter if they are male or female.
In 1949 china was a prospering in child birth, the leader of the country was encouraging child birth. But thirty years later there's a one child policy in china. The reason behind this was because of a book called the Limits to Growth. The writers of this book basically said that by 2070 the world will die due to population growth. A few years later they claimed that the book was just a lie to scare people. Before the one child policy was just voluntary until around 1979 that’s when it became mandatory for everyone, except ethnic minorities.
Because of this the population growth of china was stunted. It went for four kids to a mother to around 1.7, and even then the Chinese culture prefers boys over girls, in fact there is about 104-107 boys per 100 girls.
I'm torn about the one-child policy, a part of me says it's wrong but the other side is kind of like well they do have the largest population in the world. I know I don't like how they go about it, with the killings of the girl because you wanted a boy or the abortions. During this podcast when they were talking about what the people of China did with the babies if they did go over the limit or whatever it maybe. All I was heard about was the abortions or the killings, but did they ever give their babies to adoption?
The one child policy seems to have helped the chine’s government but with what cost the people are weeding out most the female population and producing more boys and its gowing to come back and bite them in the but. In my outlook of the one child policy is that it should bet terminated and not to be used.
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