The subordinate position of women in less developed countries can be drawn from the religion of the society, education opportunities for women, and the gender differences phallic societies impose on women. Poverty arises into the equation because underdeveloped phallic societies consider women as breeding instruments instead of equals. The subordinate positions placed upon these women ensure their inability to learn or practice proper sexual health to reduce overcrowding, diseases, and other major factors associated with a poverty-stricken country.
Religion’s role in poverty and the portrayed subordinate role of women is an ultimate factor in the overpopulated areas of underdeveloped countries. In some countries such as Iran, women are not allowed to show their faces to other males in public. Women are also forbid to commit adultery, initiate divorce, or practice abortions because it is against their religion. In this society, the males are given decision-making power to exclude women from deciding the fate of their families.
Equality is emerging in these countries, but the increased population shows that sex education including the act of protected sex to prevent pregnancy is not helping. The ability to make decisions causes women to have many children in these underdeveloped countries. Sociologists suggest the women are inferior in deciding the fate of their families. The religious practices of the male counterparts restrict women from the equation. In Africa, there is a practice to have sex with a young girl n order to heal diseases such as AIDS. Men have practiced this act for years which increased the spread of AIDS throughout Africa.
The change in educational opportunities for women placed light on the issue and reduced the spread by 18% over the last 13 years. I think women would refuse to have many children if they lived in an equal environment with more educational and career opportunities. The women of underdeveloped countries are caught between brimstone and their faith – an evolution of thought, equal rights, and birth control options could end the overcrowding. The only way to break the cycle of overpopulation is to educate, inform, and control the birth rate.
In a sense, the advances in medical practices have increased the chances of more births in underdeveloped countries. Women are able to have the proper prenatal and pregnancy care to reduce the mortality rate while producing more children. If educational opportunities existed for the women in poverty-stricken countries, they may use the knowledge to control the destiny of their families and reduce the birth of too many children. I agree with the theories of sociologists suggesting that subordinate mindsets have led to overpopulation because women have given up their rights to say ‘no’.