Your NameDate of SpeechFemale Discrimination and InfanticideSpecific Purpose: To persuade my audience to take active role in preventing female infanticide.
Thesis Statement: Without even realizing, we might be indirectly contributing towards major female discrimination and heinous crimes such as female infanticide.INTRODUCTIONAttention Getter:Problem: Female child is so unwanted.Preview: We have created a world where our attitudes have caused people to prefer one gender over another to the point where they’ll do anything to prevent the birth of the female child.Transition: First and foremost, where why this is happening and is there any truth to the claim? BODYCause A. Baby girls are considered to bring no benefit to the house.
1. According to Two thousand girls are killed in India every day, with many slain before or just after birth, the country’s Minister of Women and Child Development said on Monday. According to Reuters, a study in the British medical journal the Lancet in May, 2011 found that around 12 million Indian girls had been aborted in the past 20 years since 1981.This was a study held in 2011, but since the recession the number has reported to be increased to 4%. In superstitious societies like India, Nepal etc that they are either cursed and a financial burden, especially to poor, rural families who must cough up expensive dowries upon their marriages, while boys are usually counted upon to take care of their parents during their old age. B. Marrying her off will be a difficult problem:Suitable proposals are hard to find and with the limited resources that are present, it’ll be hard to provide dowry for her.
Dowry system in South Asia, which makes daughters “an unaffordable economic burden”, also contributes to female infanticide. It’s not just the future in laws but the husband, relatives, friends and the community in general looks down upon a woman when she is married off without any transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter. A report in Pakistan’s Tribune newspaper estimated that the average family in the country has to spend at least 1 million rupees ($9,500) to marry off each daughter — quite a substantial amount, given that the average per capita income is only about $1,200. Dowry contrasts with the related concepts of bride price and woman auction.
Sadly, now this has been substituted with education and looks. People use looks and degree as a cash prize.Protection of woman and family honor is always at stake.
Transition: Now that we have established that female child is perceived to be a burden on the family let’s talk in detail what are the consequences of these views and the emotions people hold towards them.EffectIt is very natural to get rid of anything troublesome. It happens that people’s attitude and relationship towards anything burdensome inconsiderate to the point that it develops into an intense hatred. What happens to female child in poor countries, how they are treated and how this is affecting our society?1. Since it’s a game of incentives and interest, when all of these hopes are missing parents’ attitude towards their daughters is harsh.
The needs of daughters are undermined. Right from the time they are growing up until adolescence they are neglected in every single aspect like spending fortune on the sons’ education while the daughter’s education is not the priority, male child in general is served higher quantity of food as well as healthier diet. These health problems in future can result in weaknesses and diseases in future children like miscarriage, premature delivery of child and etc. Boys are encouraged in sports and their talents are promoted while the girls are forced to act lady like and shape their minds to serve males. Above mentioned problems are the common practices, but the extreme level of the prejudice leads to being disinherited from the property, abuse and infanticide.
2. According to a 2,500-strong survey by parenting website Netmums.com done in 2016. More than half said they had formed a stronger bond with their sons and mothers were more likely to describe their little girls as “stroppy” and “serious”, and their sons as “cheeky” and “loving”. The survey showed that mothers are more critical of their daughters than their sons.Transition: First step to finding the solution is executing an active movement and bringing the realization, next one is to figure out ways to solve the problems.Solutions:Describe (State solution to the problem)We need to reshape our society by redefining the roles of women. The expectations from the women should be something beyond looking attractive, home maker or child care taker.
Further on wrong interpretation of religious texts to facilitate one gender over another needs to be shunned and totally discouraged. Women should not be objectified like a sex object, in this suggestion I cannot help but agree with a reader from independent.uk, who responded to an article about Victoria secret slammed by a plus size model for shunning curvy shaped woman. As aLI4 said “Plus size or not, fed up of women having to look always ready for sex”. Not just that but self-objectification something absolutely discussing as well as dangerous. Women need to quit being their own gender’s worst enemy. Try to treat both sons and daughters equal.
Promote themselves as well as their daughters, sisters and other women towards more hands on and innovative goals. Majors like Stem and Business etc should not be considered something less feminine or attach stigma to it. According to Olivia June, founder of VINA, a company dedicated to empowering women in technology by hiring female workforce said, “Sadly, the most explicit gender discrimination and poor treatment in the workplace I’ve experienced has been from other women.” June has had female bosses criticize her makeup, jewelry, and even her weight. DefendWe resort to these measures because the ideologies that are set for women are basically just wrong.
Objectification of women and putting them in a box results in men thinking that’s the best they can do and therefore they are not beneficial. Also, we are nullifying the relevance and credibility of woman by rejecting everything that they can bring to the table beyond sex appeal, aesthetic and novelty. Evolutionarily, woman used to take care of the children and man used to hunt but now we are no more cavemen. Since roles for men have been redefined, then why not women? Abortion laws should protect female child. In nations where gender selection is banned, people travel to Thailand, the US, Mexico and other nations where it’s legal to undergo PGD/ PGS.
In Thailand, for example, the Chinese, the East Europeans and Indians form the majority of people (70-80 per cent) preferring PGD. According to the Asian Law Institute, over 80 per cent of PGD practices were undertaken for the purpose of sex selection. Apart from Thailand, the US has also become the hub for such activities. So, let’s not be in denial Americans do that too. Those conservative Americans who want child might not execute the operation here, but they will take a quick short trip to other countries to do the dirty work. We cannot force people to start loving their daughters in one day, since it’s a culture that’s been around from the origin of times.
What we can do is that we can show with our actions and redefining their roles how important girl child is so that in patriarchal societies women’s roles can be reexamined.The first step in effecting lasting change is to start the conversation. Raise your voice. Speak out against media’s portrayal of men being incapable of being equal partners with the women in their lives.
Women in East as well as West should protest against the inequality. Movements and societies like FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund. Fonds pour les femmes Congolaises and South Asia Women’s Fund. These are few of the important organizations that grant funds for women’s groups and women leaders to work on innovative, cutting-edge issues .
Even if we cannot participate or reach out directly to the underprivileged women we can indirectly yet effectively promote the cause.CONCLUSIONSummary: So, today we discussed the reasons girl child is still unwanted, how our actions are reinforcing this practice and the steps to change this attitude.Memorable closing statement: We all can contribute towards something, it might not be easy, but it will change a lot.ReferencesMckay, S.; Mazurana, D. 2004.
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