Published January 14, 2010
There's nothing I love more than female celebrities helping out troubled or endangered species. You've got Pam Anderson worrying about the polar bears, Doris Day fretting over abandoned pets and, of course, Sheryl Crow fighting for wild horses. Apparently, Crow's mad at the government for trying to relocate 25,000 mustangs from the range, to greener pastures.
I feel her mane.
But as much as I admire all their work protecting those who can't protect themselves, it makes me wonder: Would they do the same if they were the ones who were endangered?
I'm mean, women.
According to new research, some 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves stuck in bachelorhood. They are screwed (figuratively, anyway) and sex-specific abortions are being blamed. The study said the nation's "family-planning policy" has led to rural parents aborting females because boys offer both greater earning potential and care-giving when parents get old. And that's led to a male-female ratio as high as 130 males for every 100 females — almost as bad as my hot tub.
So, what does this mean? Well, forget that the most-championed women's right ends up eliminating women, I'm more interested in the outcry from places like NOW — or maybe it's an "incry."
Whatever the case, I haven't heard it.
I mean, I know fetuses aren't as cute as kittens and you can't ride them into the sunset to the tune of "Every Day Is a Winding Road," but it's got to creep out even the most ardent feminist that, in the age of feminism, it's the femme that's endangered. You can't march for abortion rights when there's no women left to march for it.
But the real loser in all this? Pandas — none of them are safe now.
And if you disagree with me, you're probably a racist.