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    Default *trigger warning* At least she was honest...

    My daughter could give most boys a run for their money in the ways she is saying boys behave lol. I admit when I was pregnant with her I desperately wanted her to be a girl as I've never really looked after a boy baby, but had plenty to do with girls, however I would have been very happy with either, I'm preg with number 2 and have a feeling it's a boy and am kind of excited about that

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    I read this article today in the Sunday lift-out of the Herald Sun. It came right after an article by Tracy Spicer questioning why women in the modern era would conceive of being called "Mrs" or taking their husband's name at marriage.

    Neither article was a serious examination of their topic. They were typical mundane magazine filler fluff. The tone of both was vaguely humorous (very vaguely) to make palatable an underlying message which I thought deliberately provocative and fairly offensive.

    I actually was more offended by the Spicer article because I regard the point of feminism to give women more choices, not dictate to women which are the "right" choices. I thought long and hard about whether to change my name, and decided I wanted the whole family to have one name. It wasn't the result of some 1950s subservience on my part. I credit women with similar intelligence and have no interest in judging women over it.

    The article about not wanting a boy somehow irritated me less. It just seemed so stupid and farcical that I couldn't take the author seriously. I think she's just being sensationalist to get her story published. From start to finish it was moronic. A serious story following women who have experienced gender disappointment and have grown through it to love and cherish their children for who they are would be more interesting.

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    Default Re: *trigger warning* At least she was honest...

    What a complete nutter the author is. Boys are awesome and just as sweet and adorable as little girls. Just because she doesn't 'know boys' doesn't mean it's ok to stereotype all boys as insect killing smelly violent little beings. I hope she sees some sense after her boy is born!

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    Default *trigger warning* At least she was honest...

    I have a lot of time for people suffering gender disappointment, but I don't think that's what we're dealing with here. Not sure what it is (maybe just plain sexism?!) but genuine gender disappointment it ain't.

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    I have no issue with this woman experiencing gender disappointment at all. I do, however have issue with her ridiculous generalisations about boys.

    My DS is sweet, sensitive, calm, gentle, kind hearted and affectionate.

    My DD is a cyclone.

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    I didn't really take the article that seriously. It seems like, as PP have said, a bit of a 'fluff'/ filler article.

    Papers and magazines are notorious for sensationalist editing and soundbites, and I didn't get the impression that it was supposed to read as a serious or thorough analysis of how the author felt.

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    I don't see the fuss. Like someone else said, fear of the unknown. I know someone who cried when she found out her baby was a boy. She'd only had sisters. She got over it quickly enough and had another boy a few years later. I've had IVF and I don't feel that people should just be grateful that they can have a baby and not have a preference. We all have preferences.


 

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