another terrible graph

Le Monde illustrated an article about discriminations against women with this graph which gives the number of men for 100 women per continent. This is a fairly poor graph, fit for one of Tufte’s counterexamples, as the bars are truncated at 85, make little sense as they do not convey the time dimension, are dwarfed by the legend on the left that is not of the same colors, and also miss the population dimension, which makes the title inappropriate since the graph does not show why there are more men than women on the planet, even if the large percentage of the population of Asia in the World’s population hints at the result.

2 Responses to “another terrible graph”

  1. The low male to female ratio in 1950 for Europe; WWII? (And for Asia the one-child policy in China and the selection through ultrasound in India). Poor graph but nevertheless.

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