everytime i go shopping, i see a family of four, with an older sister and a younger brother. it's almost always the girl who is older. then i feel sad for the girl, cause i know she was "just practice". in other words, they were shooting for a boy the first time around and didn't get it, so they tried again til they got what they really wanted: junior.
of course, these families "love" their daughters, but they prefer their sons. the main reason for this insanity is because only a son can carry the ashes at the parents' funeral. so here we see again chinese culture rearing its ugly true face, that of utter selfishness.
taiwan men also value machismo over all else. if you've ever tried to reason with a truck driver who almost ran you over , ie " what did you say foriegner,&%**#&%", you know what i mean. this machismo permeates their religion in the form of militant Daoism and male preference.
a lot of taiwan men think the most important thing is to be born with a pack of incense in one hand and a dick in the other.
and the girls? oh, they're here to look at and dance naked for the dieties. or they're here to bear a son. and if they don't bear one, well.. try and try again. custom demands it.
culture is a bullshit excuse for being pig headed, isn't it?