What drove you to paint this painting?
I was browsing the Internet and stumbled upon the tragedy of the one-child policy in China.
Why would that policy concern you?
While its noble to try and limit child birth to save humanity from overpopulation, there are dire consequences of the law. For one, traditionally China has favored male children for heriditary rights and avoiding high dowries marrying off girls. With this policy, couples have chosen to use abortion as a gender selection issue since they can only have one child. Additionally, the state even forces women to have abortions even though they want to birth the child. Many doctors have been coming forth on this atrocious act.
Are there other follow-up consequences to this favoring of male children?
Yes, there are now approximately 121 boys born to 100 girls. As you likely know, the natural birth ratio is 105:100 with 5 boys not making it to mating age and a 1:1 ratio is kept in balance.
Why is this balance so important?
In China, this rising trend after 2 generations of the one-child policy in effect has led to a scarcity of brides to marry. Older, richer men tend to get the brides, so this further
exacerbates the scarcity of brides for young males. Additionally, the old culture of multiple mistresses arose as well with top leaders having numerous girlfriends. This in turn drives increased protests, violence and prostitution among these frustrated males. Additionally, criminal gangs kidnap women from the border areas of China for forced marriages or into prostitution. You could say this is completely corrupting the state from within.
Li Guagnian and his 18 yr old mistress
Are there other countries with this imbalance?
Unfortunately, yes. In India there is also a drive to birth male children over females for reasons of high dowry payment for daughter marriages. India weddings last a week, so you can imagine the exorbitant cost for a family. So in India, poorer families are also using abortion to sex select their kids.
One bizarre twist in the West is that couples can now sex select via spinning the sperm around to increase the chances of a girl or a boy leaning slightly more females than men.
Do you see a long-term effect for these imbalanced sex countries?
Well, you can see with the higher proportion of males, they tend to have more in power and use violence on a mass scale ie. war. With India and Pakistan, you can see multiple nuclear tests going head to head as well as spiraling terrorism out of Pakistan. In China’s case, you can see the increased beligerance to all its neighbors as it increases its military might. Perhaps in the coming decades we will see a massive regional war from this extended testosterone.
Do you see a one child policy coming to the West?
Likely, we will not since there are elections to bring up the issues and most people will see the folly of a state-ordered medical policy. Although we have seen extreme examples of socialism rise in Germany, such as social medicine before the rise of the Nazis. Under this dictatorship, they started to practice euthanasia, genocide and medical experiments. Some would say that the inefficiencies in a socialist state led up to a dictator taking power to “get things done”. As you may realize, we just forced all Americans into health care. Over time these bureaucrat decision making may go in a bad direction if the public is not watchful.
What symbols do you have in the painting?
For one, I have the 121:100 ratio. The other obvious symbol is ying and yang, which is the symbol of the balance between male and female in Asian cultures. In the background, I have three fertility goddesses of the ancient world and continents. Before the advent of farming, humans had no inkling of the connection between sex and child birth and worshipped the female as the creator. After farming came with domesticated animals, humans learned the connection of sex to child birth and then started to value the male as creator. This trends lasted into today era.
How can I help eradicate the issue?
In India the group 50 Million Missing campaign is trying to change the mindset of the Indian culture.