Some headlines are so monstrous, they lead the You Have GOT To Be Kidding category hands down. Like this one: 56 women have been killed in Afghanistan is 2013. Their crime? Giving birth to girls instead of boys. Nice to know that being female is a capital crime in some countries. Also:
“The birth of a boy is usually cause for celebration in Afghanistan, but girls are generally seen as a burden. Some women in Afghanistan are abused if they fail to give birth to boys.”
Like it’s her fault?! Oh, and BTW, saying “killing” is “abuse” is like observing that Hurricane Hugo was a whisper in the wind.
Besides its sheer barbarism, this practice is just plain silly. A little high school Biology here:
The baby’s sex is determined by two chromosomes, X and Y. A female is XX. A male is XY. Since women lack the Y chromosome, they always contribute an X – and only an X – chromosome to the baby. The father contributes either an X or a Y and is the determining factor in the sex of the baby.
Extending the convoluted reasoning of the headline: If anyone should be “punished” for the heinous “crime” of not producing a baby boy – and I’m not advocating this, mind you – why not blame the biologically responsible party – e.g., the father?
Here’s an idea:
Rather than viewing any baby as a “burden,” how ’bout seeing every child, male or female, as a gift from God? A blessing created in the Imago Dei. Unique. Precious. And maybe even a little miraculous?