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India Newspaper Offers 'tips' For Conceiving A Baby Boy by bison: 01:28pm On 6 Jun
A newspaper in India has
offered its readers
scientifically unfounded tips
for ensuring they conceive
boys instead of girls, telling
would-be mothers to eat lots and face west while sleeping. The sex of a child is
determined by the
chromosomes in the father's
sperm. But the daily newspaper
Mangalam, in Kerala state in
southern India, printed six
suggestions for those who
want to have baby boys. There is a cultural preference
for male children in India. "The chance of a girl or a boy
at conception is totally
random," said Dr Shazia Malik,
a consultant obstetrician and
gynaecologist at The Portland
Hospital in London, debunking the article. "There is no scientific evidence
on any method that will
change this statistical chance
when a baby is conceived
naturally." Mangalam, which filed the
story in the health news
section of its site, also advises potential mothers-to-be not to
skip breakfast and to have sex
only on certain days of the
week, when the male sperm is
"stronger". It said men can
play a role and help strengthen their sperm by avoiding acidic
foods. But the strength of a sperm
does not affect the baby's sex.
The only way a baby can be
male is if the fertilising sperm
carries a Y chromosome. Feminist Indian website The Ladies Finger translated the article from the original Malayalam language, which is
spoken in Kerala. "With all these inconvenient
laws regarding sex
determination, it is a relief
that there is finally a fool-
proof checklist to follow for
boy-bearing," The Ladies Finger site wrote, sarcastically. Tests to determine a foetus'
sex are illegal in India, but
that does not stop them taking
place and leading to sex-
selective abortions. In 1961, there were 976 girls
for every 1,000 boys under the
age of seven. According to the
latest census figures, released
in 2011, that figure had
dropped to 914. Gita Aravamudan, Indian
author of Disappearing
Daughters: The Tragedy of
Female Foeticide, said
Mangalam's article is not likely
to have a major impact, especially as it is written in a
minority language, but it is
one of many articles,
"remedies" and old wives'
tales that offer ways to avoid
having a female baby. "This article is even more
ridiculous than usual, but such
ideas are common," she told
the BBC. "It shows that attitudes like
this still flourish despite
initiatives taken by the Indian
government, NGOs and health
workers. The message isn't
going through: people still value boys more than girls." The preference for boys is
longstanding in some cultures,
and often comes from men
being seen as the stronger sex
and financial providers for
families, especially during parents' old age. In India, dowries, paid when
girls eventually marry, are also
seen as a high cost that could
be avoided.

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