XINRAN XUE, a Chinese writer, describes visiting a peasant family in the Yimeng area of Shandong province. “We had scarcely sat down in the kitchen”, she writes (see article), “when we heard a moan of pain from the bedroom next door…The cries from the inner room grew louder—and abruptly stopped.
There was a low sob, and then a man's gruff voice said accusingly: ‘Useless thing!
‘Don't move, you can't save it, it's too late.' “‘But that's...murder..you're the police! The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes.
‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,' [an] older woman said comfortingly. Around these parts, you can't get by without a son.
In all societies that record births, between 103 and 106 boys are normally born for every 100 girls.