Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Boy or girl?

Oh no. It's finally happened:

Now you can pick the sex of your baby in the privacy of your own home. Or so the Internet sellers of sex-selection kits would have you believe.

The latest fad in babymaking offers guaranteed, worry-free gender selection for just $199 plus shipping. Some experts call it "snake oil."


It's The First Century After Beatrice. It may be snake oil, but snake oil too has its properties and special uses. What if there's something to this snake oil stuff?

The phenomenon first gained attention when some U.S. fertility clinics began offering gender selection for non-medical reasons through costly, often invasive medical procedures.

The technology exists and the people embrace it. Now for the charlatans to kill off the remaining shreds of dignity and soul that humanity may have.
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