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Spanky McGee ([personal profile] atreides) wrote2009-06-09 02:19 am

Hard Numbers

Courtesy of The Star, there are some rather disturbing numbers I'm just seeing.

The term "missing women" was coined in 1990, when Indian economist Amartya Sen calculated a shocking figure. In parts of Asia and Africa, he wrote in The New York Review of Books, 100 million women who should be alive are not, because of unequal access to medical care, food and social services. These are excess deaths: women "missing" above and beyond natural mortality rates, compared to their male counterparts.
From her office at the University of British Columbia, economics professor Siwan Anderson has been crunching numbers to try and understand why so many women are dying. "If you're interested in gender discrimination, it's really one of the starkest measures of discrimination, because it's women who should be alive, but aren't," she says.

So the communities that I scan outside of my regular anti-oppression regiment are generally rife with misogyny and MRAs. It always amazes me how they (try to) walk dagger thin lines between the various logical holes in their movement.

100,000,000 women is mighty big hole.
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[personal profile] softestbullet 2009-06-09 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
That's so creepy. That amount ABOVE the mortality rates of men? Just... augh.

I'm looking forward to your MRA rant!