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Sujatha Jesudason Questions Feminist Theory Behind Sex-Selection
According to Jesudasen’s findings, sex-selection is completed through 1) sperm sorting (pre-fertilization, separate the X & Y carrying sperm), 2) Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (the fertilized eggs sit for 3 days in a dish, then specialists use the male or female fertilized egg for insemination), 3) ultrasound results affecting the decision of abortion, and 4) early pregnancy blood testing of the pregnant individual.
This leads to the question of why people would want select the sex of their unborn child? Well, the root causes of sex selection are social – the sense of security that is attached to having a son because it creates a legacy for your family (name) and economic – social security for ageing parents when it comes to the time where they may need assistance. Although the idea that men are more likely to become the breadwinner of the family and have the resources to support their parents as opposed to women is founded in patriarchy, it is still shared throughout the general population of America. Another reason for sex-selection would be the desire to experience raising a child of the opposite sex than the child that’s already born (also known as family balancing). But, it’s up in the air whether this is this is a valid desire or if it’s a sexist one.
In Jesudasen’s opinion, in order to move away from sex-selection as a means of reproduction one should decide what kind of parent they want to be instead of focusing on the sex of the child. This can be done through public conversations about parenting and unconditional love. It’s important to recognize that just because you choose the sex of your child doesn’t mean you will get the kid of your dreams so be supportive of your child no matter what.
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