The Pros And Cons Of Parenting A Child's Gender

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Due to the modern accomplishments in research, couples can now preselect the sex of their offspring before the child is conceived. Ironically, with this massive breakthrough, there are criticism towards the idea of choosing a child’s gender. While this topic may be an interesting debate, parents should not be allowed to choose the sex of their child. There is some favorable outcome with giving parents the option of choosing, but there are even more consequences that arise from this topic. One reason that this concept is agreed upon is the idea of gender selection allow couples to have control over family size. Ideally, couples prefer to have one boy and one girl. Gender selection provides the family a child of each sex and there will be no …show more content…
It is argued that choosing to have a male offspring or a female offspring is not discriminating against sex, but it is because of the sex-linked illnesses that can be transferred to the offspring (Kluge, 2007). If a specific disorder can be passed down to the child of a certain gender, the parents can choose the gender of the child that will not inherit the disease, thus allowing the good genes to survive. This will eventually manage the transmission of sex-linked diseases and focus on having healthier offspring for the future. Both arguments portray a good example of the pros that comes with gender selection, however, choosing the child’s gender also have negative …show more content…
When the reason behind the selection of a specific gender is based on it being preferred and not because the parents want to protect the offspring from genetic diseases, it portrays a different meaning to the public. By providing the option of choosing to have a boy over a girl, or vice versa, plays the idea that one sex is better than the other (Dahl, 2007). Ultimately, this decision can hurt the child growing up by implanting this stigma that the child must live up to. The child may feel forced to act a certain way because that is what the parents expected when they selected that gender. Therefore, the idea of discriminating against a sex will created a stereotype that the child assumes he or she must live up

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