Young American Men Prefer To Have Male Children

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I've argued in the past against framing a preference for boy children as "culturally Asian." New data from Gallup shows that this preference is alive and well among Americans, at least among young men. While women are most likely to have no opinion and about equally likely to prefer a girl or boy, men are significantly more likely to prefer a boy.

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This preference is strongest among younger men, but still present among men over 50. Whereas women become increasingly indifferent with age and, secondarily, begin to prefer girls.

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The editors at CNN note that, since children are mostly born to young people, and indifferent women may bend to men's preferences, new sex selection technologies threaten to create a gender imbalance in the U.S.

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This post originally appeared at Sociological Images. Republished with permission.

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> new sex selection technologies threaten to create a gender imbalance in the U.S.

I sincerely doubt this. If we're talking about the article I think we're talking about, said "sex selection technologies" would still require an abortion to get rid of the unwanted pregnancy.

Sex selective abortion and infanticide are typically problems which arise in cultures where (a) there is significant economic pressure on families and (b) it costs much more to raise one gender than another. In cultures under stress where marrying off a daughter requires a huge dowry or a lavish wedding, women and families are willing to end pregnancies to stave of financial disaster.

Ending pregnancies sucks when you didn't even want to be pregnant. It's invasive and/or uncomfortable and you're not even allowed to talk about it when you do it - even though 1 in 3 American women will. Ending pregnancies when you WANTED to be pregnant? It's so difficult for families that it essentially doesn't happen without a potent cocktail of sexism and economic coercion to incentivize the act.

Just "wanting a boy" isn't gonna do this, folks.