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17 February 2006 @ 05:55 am
Patriarchy is Alive and Well  
Given the chance, most people wouldn't choose the sex of their baby before conception, a new survey shows. (The survey was done by Harris Interactive in September 2004. )

The study, published in Fertility and Sterility, is based on an Internet survey of 1,197 men and women aged 18-45 years old. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Between 8 percent and 18 percent of participants stated that they would use medical technology described in the survey to choose whether to have a boy or girl.

"Perhaps this speaks to the fact that people still want to leave things up to chance and not rely on science for everything," researcher Tarun Jain, MD, says in a news release from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Jain works.

Boy-Girl Preference

The survey also gauged preferences for baby boys or girls.

Participants were asked if they would rather have a boy or girl as their first child. Their answers:
• No preference: 42 percent
Boy: 39 percent
• Girl: 19 percent
fishyfem on February 17th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
Interestingly, in my lit of the Holocaust class, we learned that those who took in children in England prefered girls (blond haire girls, that is), over boys. Are we supposed to be cuter and more well behaved, perhaps?

But then, I was reading Scapegoat by Andrea Dworkin (as part of research I am doing for that same class), and according to a study cited, 95% of boy children see no advantage to being girls, and a large percentage would rather be dead than be girls.

Umm, yeah...