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Other paths for girls into marriage were to be bought, or exchanged (a daughter for a daughter) by families, or simply stolen. “Families at the bottom of society often kidnapped females for brides by force; sometimes they kidnapped widows,” Mr. Jiang wrote, citing a 2003 study.
And, of course, (except for the kidnapping), these were the approved marriage arrangements.
Other common practices in a world with tens of millions of “bare branches” included committing adultery with other men’s wives, visiting the thriving prostitution business, or turning to sexual assault or homosexuality.
China’s adoption of modern abortion technology has led to countless more sad fates for female fetuses. A recent Associated Press article said China had at least 9.2 million abortions in 2008, up from 7.6 million in 2007. Many abortions today are to single Chinese women, since they view having a baby (of either sex) out of wedlock as worse than aborting it.
No matter what else she did to her girls, she gave each of them an extraordinarily precious gift — a sister to call her own.
• Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Author
Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.
Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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