As appalled as I am by female infanticide around the world—which happens when people murder their infant daughters because they want boy babies instead—this news also has me sick to my stomach. Mothers are apparently spending thousands of dollars per pregnancy, trying to ensure that their baby ends up a girl rather than a boy.
In America, baby girls are sought after more than baby boys. The reasons why varies, but many moms are citing that they’re just “not into” the stuff that boys are into, such as sports and video games…which, as any sane person knows, is a pile of s***. My husband’s not into sports as much as I am; my daughter loves basketball and baseball. We all like video games, and my daughter won’t let you put her into a dress (unless a small bribe is involved); my mother will testify that the same was true for me growing up.
Why are we still stereotyping boys and girls like this in 2012? I know the toy industry thrives on it, selling millions of pink princess products and male-faced Lego products every year. The thing is, plenty of boys like the princess stuff, too—and my daughter prefers the Lego monsters and sets to the new “girl” sets they have this year, as do dozens of other girls I’ve spoken with.
Even if this stereotyping did not exist, do these moms not realize how they’re likely throwing the evolutionary charts off? This sex-selection industry—which I’d never even heard of until now—rakes in millions every year, with a procedure starting at about $800 per couple. The procedure is illegal in Canada, but of course it’s okay in America, where anything that harms you goes and the stupidest things are outlawed. Procedures that sort out sperm to help increase the likelihood of a double-x fertilization are perfectly legal here. So is a complete lack of conscience.
I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise since sex-selective abortions and pregnancy screening against girls has happened for so long in other countries, but we grow up thinking that “things are different in America!” Even though I’ve long abandoned that line of thought regarding plenty of issues we face, I guess I just thought the whole, “We just hope it’s healthy!” line rang true in this country. As with a lot of things, I thought wrong.
To tell you the truth, I wanted a girl, too—but I sure as hell wouldn’t resort to turkey basting genetic manipulation to get one.