A unisex name also known as an epicene name , a gender-neutral name or an androgynous name is a given name that can be used by a person regardless of their gender. Unisex names are common in the English speaking world, especially in the United States. By contrast, some countries have laws preventing unisex names, requiring parents to give their children sex-specific names.
CNN India's preference for sons over daughters has led to the birth of millions of "unwanted" girls, according to a new report by the Indian government. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. N: Perilous for some girls in India More Videos Story highlights Deeply-ingrained preference for boys has led to a massive gender gap in India Study finds that many couples who give birth to a girl will try again for a boy. Couples' tendency to keep trying until a boy is born has led to the birth of as many as 21 million girls who are "notionally
Sex-selective abortion is the practice of terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of the infant. The selective abortion of female fetuses is most common where male children are valued over female children, especially in parts of East Asia and South Asia particularly in countries such as People's Republic of China , India and Pakistan , North America , as well as in the Caucasus , and Western Balkans. Sex selective abortion was first documented in ,  and became commonplace by the late s in South Korea and China and around the same time or slightly later in India. Sex-selective abortion affects the human sex ratio —the relative number of males to females in a given age group,   with China and India, the two most populous countries of the world, having unbalanced gender ratios. Studies and reports focusing on sex-selective abortion are predominantly statistical; they assume that birth sex ratio—the overall ratio of boys and girls at birth—for a regional population is an indicator of sex-selective abortion. This assumption has been questioned by some scholars. According to demographic scholarship, the expected birth sex ratio range is to males to females at birth. Sex-selective abortion affects the human sex ratio —the relative number of males to females in a given age group.
It is the mainstay of countless magazine and newspaper features. Differences between male and female abilities — from map reading to multi-tasking and from parking to expressing emotion — can be traced to variations in the hard-wiring of their brains at birth, it is claimed. Men instinctively like the colour blue and are bad at coping with pain, we are told, while women cannot tell jokes but are innately superior at empathising with other people.