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Americans Might No Longer Prefer Sons Over Daughters

Americans Might No Longer Prefer Sons Over Daughters

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  • The data here is a little squeaky and not apples to apples; but the Times are hinting at something that feels true in elite urban cities — gender maybe doesn’t matter.

    Quotes like this are provocative but anecdotal: It should be celebrated that parents want to raise confident young women,” said Michael

    The data here is a little squeaky and not apples to apples; but the Times are hinting at something that feels true in elite urban cities — gender maybe doesn’t matter.

    Quotes like this are provocative but anecdotal: It should be celebrated that parents want to raise confident young women,” said Michael Thompson, a psychologist who studies the development of boys. “But there is now a subtle fear of boys and the trouble they might bring. Parents think: ‘My son might have A.D.H.D., might not fit in as well in school, there might not be jobs for him. Life is going to be a little tougher for him as a boy.’ ”

  • This story is a handful of smoke. Beware the consistent use of : “suggest” “possibly” “could” “might” “maybe” . These are fuzz words that all mean not certain.

    So maybe this story could be correct in its assumptions of what the polling may mean and there are suggestions it may be, but there are possibly

    This story is a handful of smoke. Beware the consistent use of : “suggest” “possibly” “could” “might” “maybe” . These are fuzz words that all mean not certain.

    So maybe this story could be correct in its assumptions of what the polling may mean and there are suggestions it may be, but there are possibly other explanations which might be more accurate or it could be a combination of explanations.

  • “There’s been a much more complete gender revolution for women than for men,” said Dan Clawson, a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “If I’m raising a daughter, I’m raising someone who can challenge conventions, and that’s an attraction. On the other hand, if I’m raising

    “There’s been a much more complete gender revolution for women than for men,” said Dan Clawson, a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “If I’m raising a daughter, I’m raising someone who can challenge conventions, and that’s an attraction. On the other hand, if I’m raising a boy, am I raising someone who’s going to get in trouble, who won’t do well in school and so on?”

    It’s astounding to me that boys these days are still being taught that they can’t have emotions, that they can’t cry, that they have to act and talk a certain way. That they can’t be girly, that they have to like sports. Why do we have to draw such distinct lines between genders? It’s important to recognize that each person has their individual needs, quirks, preferences, regardless of gender.

  • Fascinating to see the trickle down effects of the recent shifts in our cultural perception of women.