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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-24-11 01:46 PM
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35. It goes back a little further than 40 years. Try 8,000...
Edited on Tue May-24-11 01:51 PM by GliderGuider
Even back in hunter-gatherer times there was a selective preference for males, both to act as warriors to protect their band and as hunters to provide high-protein food when women were involved with children. Tribes tried to ensure an excess of males, so there were high rates of selective gender-specific infanticide - even in matrifocal societies. The circumstances demanded it, and the people obliged.

We can legitimately rail against the glorification of violence and how cultures devalue women, but those traditions are of very long standing. They originally sprang from specific environmental requirements. The best way to get men to fight to protect their tribe is to make fighting honourable; the best way to keep the population stable is to limit the number of women who of reproductive age. Once those values and traditions become entrenched it's very hard to change them.

The ostensible reasons for this behaviour in India today are different from the reasons H-G societies murdered their female children. On the other hand it's entirely conceivable that more research might uncover a population-control factor working alongside dowries to promote the behaviour.

IMO the culture in question gets to make their own moral decisions, that's none of my business. What I can do is try to understand why things are the way they are.
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