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Female infanticide was a major social problem faced by Chinese and Indian women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries but how did British colonialism help to bring about important changes for women in these two great nations The arrival of British colonialism in China and India provided a major catalyst of change for women and their roles in society which helped to change the viewpoint of many parents during the time Before the time of colonialism in the nineteenth century social issues for women were dealt with very poorly and in some cases lethally Being born a female in China or India was a very hazardous affair due to the common practice of female infanticide where both cultures regarded having a son much more beneficial to the family than having a daughter Being born a girl in China was a very unhealthy thing since female infanticide was very common especially among the lower classes Not only was a female child an expense to raise but later she needed a dowry to marry and her most productive years were devoted to her husbands family and not her own Therefore some parents attitude to children is such that when they bear a son they congratulate each other but when they bear a daughter they kill her Both children come from the parents love but they congratulate each other when it is a boy and kill it if it is a girl because they are considering their later convenience and calculating their long-term interests It is impossible to draw a full and accurate picture of what happened to baby girls in China at any given time all that is certain is that this form of discrimination against women carried out at childbirth or in very early childhood persisted in varying degrees over hundreds of years using techniques that were equally unchanging whether by drowning in baby-ponds immersion in cold or boiling water suffocation strangulation burying
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