Sex Selection and Gender Norms

Via Daily Nous, I came across this puzzling objection to sex selection by Tamara Browne:Most parents will not desire a male or female child in the sense of their genitalia. Rather, they will want a
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Via Daily Nous, I came across this puzzling objection to sex selection by Tamara Browne:Most parents will not desire a male or female child in the sense of their genitalia. Rather, they will want a child who fulfils socio-cultural definitions of ‘boyhood’ or ‘girlhood’. This is problematic because it assumes our sex determines our adherence to gender-based social norms and behaviours.At best, acting on assumptions which are not evidence-based is bad science. [... Furthermore,] sex selection is a product of, and perpetuates, false assumptions about gender that keep men and women “in their places”. This prevents progress towards equality and freedom from restrictive gender roles and bias.This is simply false.  In order for one's gender preferences to motivate sex selection, one needn't assume that the latter perfectly "determines" the former.  It is surely sufficient for there to be a strong correlation, such that by selecting a particular sex one makes it. . .

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