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Is it a boy or a girl?: Who should (not) know children’s sex and why?
Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
CSEP/ISEI, School of Law, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Medical Ethics, ISSN 0306-6800, E-ISSN 1473-4257Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we present the case of a couple who refused to disclose the sex of their child to others, and some of the responses that this case prompted in the international media. We outline the ethical issues that this case raises, and we place it into the more general context of parental preferences regarding the gender (development) of their children and of the impact on children of parental choices in the matter. Based on current knowledge of gender identity development, we identify some of the potential pitfalls of such a course of action and we briefly present some alternative strategies that could be implemented in order to ensure more freedom of gender formation in children.

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BMJ Publishing , 2012.
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gender unknown, sex, gender, parenting, disclosure
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Ethics Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62118DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100415OAI: diva2:575288
Available from: 2012-12-09 Created: 2012-12-09 Last updated: 2013-06-13Bibliographically approved

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