It amazes me to see how it seems justified to ‘kill’, merely on the basis of the sex of a child. Some believe that if the child is not of the preferred sex, then she should not deserve to live, because of course the basic humane consideration to let an innocent child live and grow to see what she was conceived for to is too much to ask for.
One would think that a person living in the 21st century would know better, sadly, some people still believe that it is okay to get rid of XX chromosomes, because for them, its just a collection of a few cells and also because they desire a boy - as they have a strong belief that having a boy is the only way one can be successful, happy and satisfied.
Female foeticide has been defined as the selective abortion/elimination of the girl child in the womb itself, after the detection of the child’s sex. The world has progressed and modernized yet such heinous acts exist and it is a shame to see that some mother’s have to go through this process, without their consent; after being influenced by the in-laws or husband (Meghan, Shawn; 56, 2011). What they do not realize is that they are killing a life, without even giving her a chance to prove herself. ‘It’ becomes a part of the woman’s body, and her consent is extremely important.
This act is extremely common in India, China, Taiwan and most of the third world countries as well as first world countries like Canada and US. This takes me back to the concept of cultural similarity portrayed by Shawn Meghan in the book, Women Across Cultures. The concept stresses upon how women are mostly considerate subordinates and are not on an equal standing as men (Meghan, Shawn; 7, 2011), and even though these women maybe thousands of miles away from each other, some aspects of their cultures may intertwine; like female foeticide, in this case.
India will be looked at, in greater detail just because I can personally relate to it. India, like most societies, is a patriarchal society, where hierarchies, power, inequality are all a part and parcel of it (Meghan, Shawn; 17, 2011). The 2008 UNICEF report stated that in India approximately 7000 fewer girls than expected were born daily, and in total 10 million fewer girls than expected were born in the past 20 years (Rohini Ghosh; 403, 2008).
A son is considered a blessing and women have multiple pregnancies/abortions to fulfill the wishes of the society, and come to par with the norms and high status (Kamla, Sharma, 29; 2003). Their fanatic obsession is not over unless they have some species of the preferred sex roaming around. Sometimes, it seems like the only reason why women are alive is to serve the purpose of supplying male offspring to the family and just breed and pop out males from their vaginas!
This is why I chose to portray the barbaric act of female foeticide in my arpillera. I have shown how the tiara is bandaged and bleeding, because of all the attacks and damages society has made it go through. The aborted girls do not...