YOUNG VOICES: Parents should let nature determine child's gender

2013-04-08T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Parents should let nature determine child's genderBy Kevin Surney nwitimes.com
April 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Preconception sex selection is an interesting topic that yields various opinions. Being able to determine the gender or biology of a child based on an erroneous preconceived notion changes the birth spectrum.

The true intentions of childbirth become compromised and altered by trying to use preconception sex selection to produce a particular type of child, whether girl or boy.

With that being said, gender selection becomes an ethical concern which hovers around the practices of preconception gender selection and the effect on the women involved. Discrimination appears in this aspect because of attitudes toward gender in most societies.

Most gender selection occurs because of common stereotypes. The reasons parents wish to determine the sex of their child can be examined through various angles.

One common stereotype of a male in society is taken from a patriarchal view that men are superior. A common stereotype of a female under the same view is that women are inferior. These stereotypes set a platform for sexism to become an issue.

Another stereotype of males in society revolves around athleticism. Some parents might want to use preconception gender selection to have a boy so they can mold him to play sports. On the other hand, some parents play to the stereotype of females in society by naturally feeling she would be interested in shopping or fashion.

Aggression is another common stereotype of males. They are considered more anxious to react to situations, in comparison to females who are considered passive by society.

In my opinion, parents should not be able to select the biological sex of a child according to the religious framework. Having a child is a blessing from the most high and should not be compromised because of preconceived notions regarding a specific preference.

Childbirth alone can be harmful event, so altering the sex selection opens the door to several arguments.

By choosing your particular type of child, genetic control can blossom into a worldwide epidemic. If preconception gender selection had a 100 percent success rate, how many parents would want to determine what type of child they’ll have and in what order? The thought alone is attached to the religious framework. It can be considered as playing God.

Kevin Surney of Merrillville is a junior at Indiana University Northwest. The opinions are the writer's.

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