Why do couples prefer having a baby boy over a baby girl?

Pakistan
January 19, 2007 6:03am CST
Well I have seen many couples whine that they wanted a baby boy instead of a baby girl. I don't get it ... Why? Both of the genders are equal in my eyes. Yet I have seen so many dissapointed if they have a baby girl, that makes me think that will they be able to be a good parent? Well what are your thoughts on that?
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• South Africa
19 Jan 07
I quite i agree with you but not in all places. I have seen husband divocing the wife simple because she has given birth to baby girl on many ocassion. However here in south african it seem the reverse is the case bacause they belive male child grow to be irreponsibilty.
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• Pakistan
19 Jan 07
Thank you for sharing your perspective.
@destroyer (785)
• Pakistan
19 Jan 07
I think in todays modern age there should be no discrimination about having a baby boy or baby girl! both are gifts from God Almighty and should be cherised without any objection! but i do agree that sometimes couples do prefer having a baby boy, the reasons could be : 1) the lineage of a family is always continued by a male child 2) Parents consider a male child as their potential supporter when they get old. I have also seen that its the mother who wants a male child more than the father!
• Pakistan
19 Jan 07
Indeed that is a very good perspective. Nice Answer!
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I don't really get the preference for boys either. I was really glad to have a girl.
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• Pakistan
19 Jan 07
Thanks for answering :)
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@Jamian (2605)
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
Some fathers want that their surname will be passed to the next generation.
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• Pakistan
19 Jan 07
Hmm. True that is one reason.
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• El Salvador
19 Jan 07
I know in China this is an issue because of the law where there's only allowed one child per family. Alot of people over there want a boy because they want their family name to be carried on. So alot of girl babies get aborted, or possibly killed after they are born. I live in Canada, and I don't notice most people here wanting a boy more than a girl. When I was pregnant, I was secretly hoping that I would have a girl, because I always wanted my first child to be a daughter. I would have been happy with either a boy or a girl, but I was definitely thrilled when I ended up having a girl!
• Pakistan
22 Jan 07
That shows a different perspective :) . Thanks and you are right, both are gift from God and they both should be equally treasured.
@angelicEmu (1311)
19 Jan 07
I agree with you - they ought to be happy with a baby of either gender. However, I think that sociological conditioning is the reason for their bias which springs from two things: 1. Continuing the family name (outmoded I know, but probably still a factor) 2. Boys can't accidentally get pregnant, so the responsibility for any teenage pregnancy would be with the girl in question. I personally think that this factor is disgraceful, but for some reason, many parents bring their sons up without any sense of human decency or personal responsibility. Boys are allowed to get away with almost anything, whereas girls are bullied into taking responsibility, even for those things which aren't their fault.
• Pakistan
19 Jan 07
I agree with you, thats a good answer. Indeed some parents do worry about the responsibilities they will have to endure.