Matt HealeySunday,20 January 2013

The Snap:

There have been a few stories recently about unacceptable treatment of women in India. Several women have been attacked and gang raped. This can not be tolerated and apparently there are protests in India over this. Fortunately this kind of behavior would not be tolerated here in the U.S.

The Download:

The ill treatment of women can be partially explained — not justified — by significant gender imbalances in population. In situations where any one gender outnumbers the other by significant margins the results are never good. This can be amplified in situations where there is a lack of education. Fortunately in the U.S. there is a level of education of the masses that would prevent this from happening. Right?

So let’s look at one of the less-reported stories that touches on attacks on women, as reported in The New York Times: “… she was walking to work at 3:30 in the afternoon when a car with two men suddenly pulled up behind her. One hopped out and grabbed her by her arms and began dragging her. She let her body go limp so she would be harder to drag.” And when discussing living in this type of environment: ” To me, there’s no money in the world worth not even being able to take a walk.” This story isn’t from India, however, but from the back waters of Williston, North Dakota. Williston is an oil town where single men outnumber single women by 1.6 to 1. Granted, this is due to an influx of men to work in North Dakota’s oil fields, rather than the infanticide that is going on in India and China, but the results are the same. India and China clearly need reform in terms of gender relations, but the U.S., while better, is not without problems.

Hat Tips:

Huffington Post, The New York Times,, Image Credit: Flickr

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