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An American in China

Even Ancient China Hated Women

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011


Here is an excerpt from a book written over 100 years ago. The author is pointing out that in ancient China they did not like girl babies.

In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. ‘Iron Duke,’ flag-ship in China, 1878-83 (J. J. Smith)

The earlier fate of these infantile members of the boat population is sad. They are exposed to a “rough-and-tumble” existence as soon as they are ushered into the world, especially should the poor innocent have the misfortune to be born a girl baby, for in that case she has simply to shift for herself, the inhuman parents considering themselves fortunate if they lose a girl or two overboard. The boys, or “bull” children, as they are termed, meet with rather more care relatively speaking.

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