Gender Imbalance in China
Dudley Poston, a professor of sociology at Texas A&M University, states that there are 40 million Chinese men alive today who will likely never have a wife. The ratio of boys to girls born is normally between 104 and 107 boys for every 100 girls. In China, the ratio is 120 boys to 100 girls, and in rural areas, the number rises to 145 boys to 100 girls. Most of the difference is due to sex selection as a result of the one-child policy, involving ultrasound screening to determine the sex of the fetus, followed by abortion of the females.
The "marriage squeeze" occurs when the number of men greatly outnumbers the number of women. Women subsequently become more selective, preferring men with higher incomes and property. The article suggests that men may subsequently work harder, go on strike, or resort to crime to earn more money. There is also concern that this abnormal ratio may result in increased trafficking of girls and forced marriages, as well as increasing rates of HIV in "bachelor ghettos" in big cities.