It's Raining Men

In October 1982, the Weather Girls' popular tune "It's Raining Men" made it to number one on the U.S. disco chart. The tune is catchy, and the lyrics tell us that every "lonely" women is about to find her "perfect" guy. Well, a lot of the young lonely men coming of age in Asia in the near future have absolutely no hope of finding their perfect woman, and it's a dangerous situation.

In Asia--East, West, and in between--the disparity between the birthrates of males and females has grown to epidemic proportions. According to experts, there are 100 million more men than women. There is a term for this: gendercide.

Historian Niall Ferugson explains that "men without women" is a very, very bad thing. History has shown that when this happens, "testosterone will be exported," which is another way of saying that countries will be mired in horrible violence.

Ferugson had a clever choice of phrase, and he's right. Researchers are starting to link lower "testosterone (and cortisol) levels" in men who are married. Driving down testosterone levels in males helps society. Testosterone is linked with a host of aggressive and anti-social behaviors. Besides having a host of psychological problems, single men are poorer and die younger. A study called Why Marriage Matters reinforces the fact that marriage has a civilizing effect on men. You might also be interested in reading George Gilder's book Men and Marriage about this effect.

With few women left in their countries, Asian men are not going to be civil, but they are going to look for sex elsewhere.

Popularized in the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the story about the Sabine women has been handed down from ancient Roman times. As the story goes, there were plenty of men in the newly formed city but few women. The men wanted to marry and start families, so they looked to neighboring families, the Sabines, to find wives. The Sabines refused their suit. So, the Romans ended up abducting the young women. After threatened bloodshed, the women stopped the impending violence, and the two groups united.

Instead of getting husbands who are cheerful (and good dancers) today, women and children are being abducted and sold into slavery, and the problem is only going to get worse. In China alone, it is estimated that by the year 2020, there will be 30 to 40 million unattached men. This too has a term: "bare branches."

The issue is important for Asian men, but it is also important for the rest of the world. One day, like the Romans, a bunch of uncivilized men might just be looking for wives here.

Comments:

"Do you ever wonder how the status of women (and as a result, the fate of these lonely young men) be different, had the Gospel that had been so courageously preached borne more fruit, particularly among the Chinese government?"

It is not clear that the Cultural Revolution would be kinder to a Christian China then it was to a Confucian China.
Lee, said Chinese businessmen are welcome to try that at Georgetown:

http://www.guhoyas.com/sports/m-footbl/gu-m-footbl-body.html
Mine wasn't THAT far off-topic, really. I mean, there were shots of Ioan Gruffudd playing William Wilberforce, and Chuck likes Wilberforce, and . . . and . . . I'm reaching here, aren't I?
Gina, loved the video! I think there might be a movie which I missed seeing. Jane Austen really knew how to create a love story.

Rolley, all I could think of was Peking Duck, or duck a l'orange.

Being creative sorts, James, we can always make more money. There might be some very tough years ahead, but people still fall in love and marry even when they are poor. (Marriage being a good way of elevating one's financial status.)
Let's make a deal...
"Proverbially speaking, so many doors and windows have been screwed shut before those young men were born."
Same here, our gig is to spend their earnings before they're born. It's not unreasonable to foresee women born here wanting to escape the "financial climate" that they arrive into. "Asian brides" will take on a new meaning. That will leave a bunch of single guys here, but our commie government can "arrange" low paying jobs for the bachelors making cheap goods to sell over there.
Spare the YOD, spoil the children
So when it's the Blogmistress Herself who takes things off-topic, who gets punished *then*, hmmm?

Oh, wait - I *know* this one, from all my days as an employee: it's the first person to point it out, in public - OW!!!

It's sorta like one of the ducks saying aloud at the end "Y'know, we all coulda *flown* here, if only someone in leadership had thought of it...!"

P.S.: Jason, not "*wives* as baby factories", but "*other peoples' women* as baby factories". I think it's a crucial distinction, rather like a group of Chinese businessmen going to the Georgetown campus, shrugging, and saying to each other "Many of these females aren't Asian, but they'll do, I suppose. Initiate the kidnapping process." (The word "rape" has changed meaning in English over time, becoming more specific; it should really be called "The Kidnapping and Sexual Enslavement of the Sabine Women".) And yes, most men would have been seen as sword fodder, on the battlefield or in the Colosseum. (I've been, after having seen "Gladiator", and it gave me the willies. And having been in secular crowds that got unruly, I can understand how the spectators could vote for more carnage. It's quite convicting.)

P.P.S.: Here's some last-minute "topical" ointment: Kim, weren't both Ruth Bell Graham and also Eric "Chariots of Fire" Liddell missionaries to China, prior to the 1950s when your mother was there? Do you ever wonder how the status of women (and as a result, the fate of these lonely young men) be different, had the Gospel that had been so courageously preached borne more fruit, particularly among the Chinese government?
Ironically, Lee, the legendary beginning of the Roman Republic was the attempted rape of an aristocratic woman by a local prince. Which shows that stories can have contradictory messages. Another interesting thought was that Aenid wasn't written until Augustus' time, and the author is well known to be Virgil. It may or may not have been typical of the Roman attitude. Romans did place a lot of stock in the institution of the family, though honestly that is not incompatible with thinking of wives as baby factories. And of course, to be fair, they would have thought of husbands as sword fodder.
Now that was just daffy. ;-)
Did Someone Say “Off-topic”?
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Gina, for some reason when I click your link I get rick rolled here instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5SVrjvPlKWo

(Warning: expletive at the 7 second mark)
I apologize for going (a little) off-topic, but I simply cannot let an "It's Raining Men" reference pass without sharing this great video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOFps_Naytg

I don't think I've shared it before, but if I'm mistaken, I apologize. I'm rather fond of it, you see . . .
Lee,
In the `50s, my mother traveled extensively through East Asia, and used to tell me stories about their treatment of women.

I am outraged, of course, at the idea that Asians have such little regard for females that they use abortion as a means to ensure a male heir. (They wouldn't be in this position if they didn't have forced abortions.)

But it's more than that. As a mother and grandmother, I grieve for their sons, too. So many of them will never experience tender moments found in relationship with a wife or child.

Proverbially speaking, so many doors and windows have been screwed shut before those young men were born.

What's gone and what's past help...

Lord have mercy!
Kim, I thought you'd use this post as a chance to point out that China in particular got into this mess by preferring male children over female children, to the point of allowing sex-selection abortions.

Hmmm - if those Asian men wanted *wives*, then with all the single women in the D.C. area alone, we could probably work something out. ( ;-) , yet with considerable sympathy for those frustrated single ladies, and one in particular.) But if like the Romans they simply want baby factories - or worse, they want mere concubines - then many American fathers may not be happy seeing their daughters hauled away to Beijing, never to be seen again.