That’s why the promise of 72 virgins looks so good

No Wonder They’re So Grumpy

Michael Williams notes the male:female ratio in some of Middle Eastern countries. Apparently, baby girls in some Middle Eastern countries are killed sometimes because they aren’t as profitable, and that certainly would lead to a woman shortage at some point.

I’ve heard that the same thing happens in China, as well, but the numbers don’t seem to bear that out.


  1. The problem is that the numbers are simply wrong for infant killing to be the dominant problem in most of these countries. For every one that I found, the jump was largest between the under 15 category and the 15-64 category. That’s not explainable by infant killing. That’s not to say that any of these societies are demographically healthy. They’re not. But promoting a false picture isn’t going to help cure these ills.