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 Mattersreinforces 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.