So, lots of people have been writing about (and e-mailing about) this new study that claims pregnant women who eat more calories are more likely to have boys. And the fun part is, everyone’s pissed off about it for different reasons. Whee!
Liss takes down the unexamined assumption at the heart of it: that “How do we make more boys?” is a question of great scientific importance, while of course nobody would ever deliberately set out to make a girl!
Tigtog notes how ludicriously scienterrific the whole thing is to begin with.
Shapeling Alice, one of those who sent me a link to the article, remarks on the whopping caloric difference we’re talking about:
That 130 calorie difference is SO MUCH MORE! That’s, like, a whole apple and some raisins! Must be why impoverished nations have only girl babies and no boys at all. </snark>
And here’s my favorite part:
The researchers say the modern trend to opt for low calorie diets might explain why the proportion of boys is falling in developed countries.
I’m sorry, what? The “modern trend to opt for low calorie diets”? I thought we were in the middle of an OBESITY EPIDEMIC BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA! Because people can’t stop shoving food in their faces 24/7! And because being fat is not only socially acceptable but fashionable! Why, developed countries should be SWIMMING in boy babies! Shouldn’t they?
Yeah. Sadly, identifying that “modern trend” is about the only thing they seem to have gotten right. And I have to admit, when every pregnancy in the movies and on TV is turned into a fucking fat joke, when fat women are being told they should restrict calories and even lose weight while pregnant, it’s actually kind of nice, in a twisted way, to see researchers acknowledge the dieting-crazed culture and present a higher calorie intake as a good thing.
It’s just too bad for us freaks who actually like the idea of having girls, I guess.