Welcome back to I’m Right, You’re Wrong, where you get to weigh in on the moral dilemmas that my loved ones and I are facing! What could be more fun?
This week is a special treat–I had a disagreement with the very funny Teresa Strasser. The fact that we had this disagreement while I was reading her book, Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy & Childbirth doesn’t make it any less valid. What, next you’re going to tell me that you can’t disagree with inanimate objects. Because I’ll never forgive my floor lamp for the things it told the desk about me.
Dilemma: Is it possible for some pregnant women to really and truly not have a preference about the gender of their babies?
Cast of Disagreers: Marinka and the hysterically funny author, Teresa Strasser.
Position One: There are two kinds of people who tell you they don’t have a gender preference when it comes to their baby: big fat liars, and women so well adjusted they aren’t counting on their kid to help them resolve any issues from their childhood.
Position Two: There are two kinds of people who tell you that they have a strong gender preference: Those who really, really like the baby girl clothes and those who live under One Child Regime in China. Other than that, there are plenty of parents who sincerely do not care about the gender of their baby, as long as it grows up able to make a decent martini.
Where are you on this? Did you have a strong preference? Do you know people who did? Or were you in the “eh, whatever” camp.
This post was inspired by Teresa Strasser’s Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy & Childbirth, which I received free of charge, as part of my participation in the From Left to Write On Line Book club. Oh, also, I use affiliate links for Amazon, so if you click on the Exploiting My Baby link in this post and order the book, I’ll get some coins thrown my way. I recommend that you order the book in bulk.