April 30th, 2009

children of dune - leto 1

i know my kneejerk is low grade rage, but that's like, normal and stuff

Why I didn't want a girl by Amy Wilson, parenting.com

I'm going to be upfront on this one; my period started last night, I am averaging something less than six hours of sleep a night, and my niece was sick this morning, as is my nephew. So I am not any of the following: reasonable or any word like it.

[Note: I'm claiming oversensitivity for the next three to five days. If everyone respects this, I will reward with filthy, filthy porn. Or you know, not having a public break with reality. Or photographing my new altar for the Elder Gods on my work desk.]

However, I'm going to take this for a spin, if you don't mind.

Gender preferences in children I don't have any real opinion on. However, I do object to this:

Even before I had sons, I worried about having a daughter. I could handle boys, with their cut-and-dried needs, but girls were so much more complicated. Girls have elaborate hairstyling requirements. They whine and mope, manipulate and triangulate. How was I going to deal with that?

I don't know what to do with this. I just don't. And the rest of the article makes me equally uncomfortable. I can't tell what's pinging me so hard, except--you know. I can't think of any stereotypical boy behavior/themes that are treated with the same contempt as those for girls are.