Shorter James Q. Wilson

Sex Matters

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Shorter concept inspired by busy, busy, busy from an idea by D-Squared.


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Miss Authoritiva

Obviously overlooked here are readily available nonmilitary options for adjusting the sex ratio of y-chromosome dominant populations, especially that prime 18-34 demographic group: automobiles and alcohol, motorcycles and alcohol, ATVs and alcohol, and X-treme sports with or without alcohol but definitely without helmets.


Wilson claims:

The sex ratio refers to the number of men and women in a society. Ordinarily more male than female children are born, so the average sex ratio across nations is about 105 (i.e., 105 men for every 100 women).

Is this true? Sadly, No! The number of children born is indeed in the ratio of 105 males to 100 females (assuming no artificial intervention to change the ratio). However, males have shorter lifespans, so the total population will normally have more women than men, not the opposite as Wilson claims. For example, in the United States, as of 2000, for persons under age 25, there were about 105 males for every 100 females, but for the overall population there were only 96.3 males per 100 females. It is incredible that a sociologist-type like Wilson doesn’t know this.


The World Fact Book estimates that the sex ratio for the whole world in 2000 was 1.01 males to every 1 female, and the life expectancy was 62 years for males and 65 years for females. For some reason, there is a greater disparity in life expectancy in the
United States (PDF ? see page 22 of 42): 74.2 years for males and 79.9 years for females, and a sex ratio that favors women correspondingly. But in any event, Wilson?s claim that a 105 men:100 women sex ratio is normal is bogus.


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