Thinking about getting pregnant and want to make sure you know what you’ll get? Procedures like pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), sperm sorting, and good old-fashioned in-vitro fertilization can help you choose the sex of your child. According to an in-depth article on Slate, we are now able to take the mysteries of the universe into our own hands. Gender selection is a $100-million-dollar a year industry. And Americans are choosing girls!
Why? Well, duh — girls are fun!
In online forums, Slate writer Jasmeet Sidhu found a subculture of women desperate for daughters. “Reading the posts on these forums is like entering another world,” she writes. “Users adorn their avatars with pink and princess imagery.” In interviews with several of these women, Sidhu found they choose these procedures (average cost: $18,000) in part due to “a desire to engage in stereotypical female activities that they thought would be impossible with a baby boy.”
Putting aside the fact that many girls don’t actually enjoy “female activities,” let’s think this through. It may sound fun to dress up a girl, play fairy princess, and take her to the dentist for her first tooth whitening when she’s ready for the pageant circuit. However, mothering a daughter is not all bows and baby dolls. As the mother of a female (age 12), I want to let you in on a few of the issues you’ll be dealing with.