Where Are All the Men? Ask Mother Nature…
By Josie Brown
If you’re one of those women who’s always complaining that there aren’t enough men around, you probably won’t find solace in the validation that, statistically, you’re right: Since 1970, the number of male births has dropped by 17 males per every 10,000 births.
What does that do to the dating pool? Well, let’s just say that the picky divas among us may need to shorten their criteria list.
There’s got to be a reason for this, right?
There is. But before you get all up in arms, you should know this: we have no one to blame but ourselves. It turns out that many man-made pollutants mimic the estrogen hormone, which lowers the odds of having boys.
For example, we pollute our streams with pesticides, solvents plastics and PCBs. And metalloestrogens like arsenic and mercury are in our soil and our air. Not to mention some of the food we eat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, ahead count of children born after a July 1976 industrial accident near Sevesoto, Italy born to couples who had been exposed to large amounts of dioxin is a perfect case in point: In the first eight years after the accident, 12 daughters—and no sons—were born to another nine couples who had more than 100 parts per trillion (ppt) of dioxin in blood samples taken at the time of the accident. Additionally, among another four couples whose dioxin concentrations were below 100 ppt, the male-female ratio approached normal.
Another study, conducted in 2004 in four areas in the Russian Arctic, shows a disconcerting 2.5:1 ratio of female to male births in women who had more than four micrograms of PCB per liter of blood.
And in a study of 90 Canadian communities, a frightening female-to-male ratio of 54:46 is attributed to all the oil refining and metal smelting taking place nearby.
To top it off, male fetuses are more frail: stillbirths and miscarriages happen in disproportionately greater numbers to boys, having risen from just over half to nearly two-thirds between 1972 and 1999.
And in fact, in 15 developed countries a study shows that male babies are 24 precent more likely to die than baby girls.
If Mother Nature’s first rule truly is survival is that the fittest will last the longest, we need to get on her good side—and fast. Instead of grousing about the lack of men, let’s start worrying about the dearth of enforced environmental laws that are thinning the male population—and, eventually our own.
To be proactive, check out the Natural Resources Defense Council’s website that lists and summarizes what has happened with the recent eco-friendly legislation that come before the United States Congress:
The bottom line: The United States is not even treading water when it comes to getting serious about diminishing the human race’s heavy footprint on our Earth and its resources.
So, we may all be treading water soon, as land ice, mountain glaciers and the polar ice caps melt away, sea levels rise, and our shorelines recede.
Now check out the environmental policies of our presidential candidates. When doing so, ask yourself: Which one is truly looking out for my best interest, in the long haul? Who is addressing specific issues, and putting forth real solutions, as opposed to just paying lip service to this very serious concern: the survival of (wo)man?
After you read this, think long and hard about how much easier your relationship issues would be if the world were, quite literally, a better place to live. And breathe. And mate.
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