Gendercide: A terribly common story

There’s a story out there, a very common story. It goes something like this:

I did what I wanted, how I wanted, to whom I wanted, because I wanted to do it — or at least felt I needed to. How it affects others is their business, not mine.

The End.

The documentary, “It’s a Girl,” details the consequences of this mindset, particularly in India and China.

But the consequences of the Radical Self mindset — that I can and should do whatever I want, to whomever I want — span all over the globe. And it requires some stopping and gazing intently at those consequences to confront the atrocities committed in the name of the Radical Self — atrocities like ending the life of a human being because she happens to be a girl. News out of the UK yesterday that so-called civilized people are burning fetal remains (girls and boys) to heat buildings chronicles what is simply one of the next logical steps in this Nazi-esque storyline:

  1. Woman gets pregnant.
  2. Value of the person inside her is arbitrary.
  3. Woman finds out baby is a girl.
  4. Woman doesn’t want a girl.
  5. Girl is killed in the name of choice.
  6. Like girls’ life, value of her remains is arbitrary.
  7. Girl’s body is burned for fuel.

The logic of atrocities is easy. What’s difficult is figuring out how to tell a compelling counter-story, and doing it well.

It is the job of all Christians to tell that alternative, better story with their very lives.  We cannot just go about living our lives for ourselves when the devil is writing his dark story all over the pages of humanity and destroying millions of lives in the process.  We have the better story. We are trying very hard to tell it to the world.

Are you?

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2 Responses to Gendercide: A terribly common story

  1. Bob Genis says:

    Hey Lincoln,

    I sort of wonder at your reporting of the facts of this story. They seem to be told from the point-of-view of a upper/middle class Western consumer. mentality The choice seems to be one out of convenience or selfishness.Your statements above seem to place the decision (and evil?) entirely in the woman’s hands.

    What if you started your reporting of this story with the assumption that the woman knows all too well the fate of a female in her culture (she is one, afteralll). But maybe these mothers are doing what they honestly believe is BEST for their (female) child?

    I’m not journalist but it is my understanding that part of telling people’s stories is to actually tell THEIR story–not OUR understanding of it.

    The larger question is: what kind of culture, what kind of politics, what kind of economic realities, what kind of gender bias/norms, what kind of world brought this kind of thinking to life?

    I agree that there is a better story and we need to tell it. But we need to be honest about it.

    • Lincoln Brunner says:


      Thanks for writing and for your thoughts. It’s true — a reporter doing a piece on this topic would indeed interview the people involved and get their point of view out front and center. That was not my exercise here.

      In taking a particular point of view, it was not my intent to be dishonest but rather to take the position that there are certain values that we Christians hold to be super-cultural — the immutable value of human life, in this case. The documentary “It’s a Girl” indeed explores the prime cultural drivers of the gendercide happening in China and India and the biases embedded in those cultures. My purpose in linking to it was to encourage viewership and get people thinking long and hard about this.

      Perhaps my link between infanticide in India and infanticide in the United Kingdom could have been stronger, but in my mind, they are the products of the same mindset. In India and China, it is a general cultural bias toward males and the patriarchy that follows. In the UK (and elsewhere), it’s a cultural bias toward personal choice. Both biases win over the value of life, time and again. The particulars of individuals stories of course are worth reporting, and they have been by many other people.

      As a journalist reporting a story on our news site, I leave my opinion out. As an observer of the world peering through a Christian lens, at times I allow myself to take the role of an opinion columnist and raise issues from a particular point of view (in a blog, for instance). Certain issues, in my mind, warrant that license. This was one of them.

      Thanks for taking the time to read, think and interact. We welcome that!

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