Unnatural Selection

Earlier this month DoubleX featured Mara Hvistendahl’s new book, Unnatural selection: choosing boys over girls, and the consequences of a world full of men, as their book of the week.

In DoubleX’s overview, Rachael Larimore says:

But what makes Hvistendahl’s book so important is the way she drills down to the root causes of sex-selective abortion to show that there’s no room for black-and-white, East-vs.-West, pro-life-vs.-pro-choice moral superiority. No one comes out of her tale looking good.

Perhaps a future book to read as a group?

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5 Responses to Unnatural Selection

  1. jaredshenk says:

    I fully support this book as a future selection. While we’ve discussed issues of sexism in the past, this is a new lens through which to view the topic. And also, in my opinion, quite relevant to public health.

  2. Azra says:

    DoubleX has a piece on how physicians in the US respond to sex selection requests from their patients–it’s a dicey ethical dilemma: http://www.slate.com/id/2300663/

  3. Azra says:

    So…I managed to snag the library’s copy 🙂 This is a really important read from a ph standpoint. Hvistendahl spends a lot of time talking about how intertwined development and public health (specifically reproductive health) are and how western financial aid was tied up with implementing population control policies–policies that have led to large numbers of missing girls in the world today.

  4. Azra says:

    Here’s a link to a Foreign Policy article by Hvistendahl for a short introduction to “Where Have All the Girls Gone?”: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/27/where_have_all_the_girls_gone?page=0,0

  5. bsbnerds says:

    This looks super interesting. I feel like Wendy would also love it. 🙂

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