Sons are cheaper than Daughters


A study has been made, in the U.K, proving that raising boys is €2,500 cheaper than raising girls. And as years go by daughters become more and more expensive.

So, what is this study supposed to mean exactly? It is supposed to take us back to the dark ages, when having girls was considered bad luck, or perhaps it is supposed to say that Indians (that have aborted 10 Million baby girls) and the Chinese (that have killed millions of baby girls and now face a social problem) are correct when they value their male progeny more?

Perhaps it’s none of the above (perhaps I am being paranoid). Maybe this study serves to back up some GM (genetic manipulation) programme.
A study like this comes out, parents’ emotions get stirred; those who cannot have children through natural conception (and wish not to adopt) rush into a fertility clinic to not only exercise their Nazi politics (x eye colour; y skin complexion; t hair colour etc) but also to make gender selection. Clinics make a bundle of money, parents practice their vanity, society suffers from a huge decrease in females (and thus incubators); future males will wage civil wars in order to get women and a solution is offered to appease tensions: artificial cells that generate androids – problem solved.

I’m so grateful that in Africa, at least, women are valued for their reproductive gift (if for nothing else). When a man wants a woman, he must pay “lobolo” (some kind of gift in form of cattle, pecuniary means and traditional cloth) to her family. He must show how valuable she is to him.
In Nampula (Northern Mozambique) women are the natural heirs of the land. Men can only own land (bestowed by their wife) after they contribute to reproduction and prove they can grow crops.

Daughters may be €2,500 more expensive, but since women are the keepers of Mankind, I am more than willing to investment in them.


Image: The Marsham Children by Thomas Gainsborough

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  1. Well, of course you have to pay more money for more valuable goods. ;)

    I don't think I this study rings true for my own life. I have one daughter and three sons. My daughter is oldest, so we have paid for things for her that the boys haven't had to experience yet. She has already graduated from college, and we paid for much of that expense. But now my son, child #2 is of college age, so we are paying for his. I don't think we will pay any more for him than we did for her.

    Maybe the expense comes in the price of girl's clothing? I probably pay more for food for the boys. I can't figure out what would be more expensive for my daughter than for my boys.

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  2. Interesting! I wonder what coast more in raising daughters. Either way, kids are kids and they are the future... worth investing in them.

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  4. I have a hard time with the mindset that says children are a commodity. Maybe it would be understandable in subsistence level Africa, but Europe? It seems that the richer people are, the more calculative they are. The better they can take care of children, the more likely they are to abort them.

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  5. It's hard to understand how anyone can kill babies, male or female. I would think that females would be revered in all societies, not only for their reproductive value, but because they are nurturers, negotiators, and problem-solvers. Not to mention, hard workers.

    The men make what we like to call "progress" but then dismantle it in the form of war, out of greed and their (perhaps) hormone- and ego-driven competitiveness.

    Sadly, women are still terribly abused in many countries...

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  6. Well, you know my daughter is getting married on Saturday and that's not cheap :lol:

    Btw: Just here to say hello dear Max! Otherwise, I am busy in preparing for the OsloBG. You know we'll gona miss you, but I'll do the best I can to share with you and the rest of the world on my blog and all other Social Media.

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  7. Hi D! :D

    "Well, of course you have to pay more money for more valuable goods. ;)"

    LOL LOL that was a good one, loved it ;)!

    "I don't think I this study rings true for my own life."

    I don't think this study is true for anyone's life. It is one of those ridiculous studies where money is wasted.

    "I have one daughter and three sons. My daughter is oldest, so we have paid for things for her that the boys haven't had to experience yet. She has already graduated from college, and we paid for much of that expense. But now my son, child #2 is of college age, so we are paying for his. I don't think we will pay any more for him than we did for her."

    Of course!

    "Maybe the expense comes in the price of girl's clothing? I probably pay more for food for the boys. I can't figure out what would be more expensive for my daughter than for my boys."

    It depends on the girl: some girls like (and can afford) design clothes; some others like (or can only afford) non-design clothes. Besides boys' clothing is also expensive nowadays. LOL LOL LOL boys do eat a lot, true!

    D, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  8. Hi Zhu :D!

    "Interesting! I wonder what coast more in raising daughters. Either way, kids are kids and they are the future... worth investing in them."

    It is a ridiculous study, I am telling you. Hear, Hear!!

    Zhu, thanks for your input, girl :D!

    Cheers

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  9. Hello Lawrence :D!

    Oh my...what an interesting invitation: thank you.

    I shall drop by your blog, no problem!

    Cheers

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  10. Hi Looney :D!

    "I have a hard time with the mindset that says children are a commodity."

    Me too.

    "Maybe it would be understandable in subsistence level Africa, but Europe? It seems that the richer people are, the more calculative they are."

    It's petty. I am telling you, in poorer countries they keep having children (as we well know) despite their poverty and they do not think about money to raise them. On this side of world, where wealth abounds, people are beginning to see children as a commodity (disgusting) instead of viewing them as the future, as an investment in the improvement of our society.

    "The better they can take care of children, the more likely they are to abort them."

    You know it.

    Looney, thank you ever so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  11. Hi Lynda :D!

    "It's hard to understand how anyone can kill babies, male or female."

    It is, isn't it?

    "I would think that females would be revered in all societies, not only for their reproductive value, but because they are nurturers, negotiators, and problem-solvers. Not to mention, hard workers."

    Yes, that should be thought...but it's not (unfortunately).

    "The men make what we like to call "progress" but then dismantle it in the form of war, out of greed and their (perhaps) hormone- and ego-driven competitiveness."

    Oh, women do the same, Lynda. Do you think they are not involved in wars, or that they are not competitive? They are...

    "Sadly, women are still terribly abused in many countries..."

    True, and that is why I say that the fight isn't over. And mind you, I am not talking about the feminist fight (those lost perspective of things); I am talking about the pro-femina plight (defending women's freedom and integrity).

    Lynda, my darling, thank you for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  12. Hey Renny :D!

    "Well, you know my daughter is getting married on Saturday and that's not cheap :lol:"

    LOL LOL a marriage is never cheap! Yes, I know she is getting married this Saturday: you must be excited!! :D

    "Btw: Just here to say hello dear Max! Otherwise, I am busy in preparing for the OsloBG. You know we'll gona miss you, but I'll do the best I can to share with you and the rest of the world on my blog and all other Social Media."

    Hello, Renny :D! Ah yes...I am going to miss you all as well; but I will be there in spirit, my friend :D. Yes, please do share with us all!

    Renny, thanks for having dropped by: it's always good to see you here! :D

    Cheers

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  13. Hi Max,

    Why does everything have to come down to money? What are those figures based on? I am with you on that investment. Women give rhyme and reason to the world. They give it texture, curves, compassion, and softness. I am not saying that men don't do that, but without women, the world couldn't continue. Did you see the current cover of Time magazine? An Afghan woman appears without a nose or ears because she ran away. So sad.

    Women Cheers!

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  14. We are just before another useless study for future parents won't rush to the bank and open a special savings account to raise a baby girl; and it's meaningless for being the X chromosome faster than the y one, it means that Fair Trade, World Trade Organization and alike will continue to prosper upon baby girls' rocketing costs.
    Hence this piece of information was nothing but intellectual trash!

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  15. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Why does everything have to come down to money? What are those figures based on?"

    I don't know. Again, I don't know. This is just another stupid and useless study (like so many in this world) *nodding*.

    "I am with you on that investment. Women give rhyme and reason to the world. They give it texture, curves, compassion, and softness. I am not saying that men don't do that, but without women, the world couldn't continue."

    ^5! Absolutely, absolutely! *nodding in utter agreement*...

    "Did you see the current cover of Time magazine? An Afghan woman appears without a nose or ears because she ran away. So sad."

    Poor Aisha! Yes, I did see it *nodding*. It is awful what women go through in that side of the world. Like I always says "as long as there is one woman on earth being abused, disrespected or neglected, the fight isn't over!". It is extremely sad and infuriating at the same time *nodding*.
    In India there are also cases of mother-in-laws abusing and murdering their daughter-in-laws (all because of money): dreadful!
    We still got a long way to go and stupid studies like this one don't help.

    Lady A, thank you ever so much for your input :D!

    Women Cheers

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  16. Hey C.C! :D

    "We are just before another useless study for future parents won't rush to the bank and open a special savings account to raise a baby girl; and it's meaningless for being the X chromosome faster than the y one, it means that Fair Trade, World Trade Organization and alike will continue to prosper upon baby girls' rocketing costs."

    You know?

    "Hence this piece of information was nothing but intellectual trash!"

    Hear, Hear!

    C.C, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  17. Hi Max! If anyone thinks it's cheap bringing up children, be they male or female, they'd have to be bonkers.

    They cost an arm and a leg to raise, school and cater for as they live out their adult lives.

    There's no end to it and just when you think you're on top, up comes another dilemma or reason to splash out more hard earned money.

    But having said that, I, we, wouldn't have it any other way.

    Accused of being there for our three sons far too often when it comes to opening our wallets, we don't give two hoots what others say and if we had our lives over again, we'd do the same thing all over again.

    Spoilt are they? No, not really. When we do help it's for the most important things in their lives.

    Why do we do it? Because they are the most important things in our lives.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  18. Hi Peter :D!

    "If anyone thinks it's cheap bringing up children, be they male or female, they'd have to be bonkers."

    They are bonkers indeed.

    "They cost an arm and a leg to raise, school and cater for as they live out their adult lives."

    True.

    "There's no end to it and just when you think you're on top, up comes another dilemma or reason to splash out more hard earned money."

    Again, so true...

    "But having said that, I, we, wouldn't have it any other way."

    Amen...Amen.

    "Accused of being there for our three sons far too often when it comes to opening our wallets, we don't give two hoots what others say and if we had our lives over again, we'd do the same thing all over again."

    *Applauding*.

    "When we do help it's for the most important things in their lives."

    Of course; and besides this is what parenting is all about.

    "Why do we do it? Because they are the most important things in our lives."

    Amen!

    Peter, thank you so much for this gorgeous comment :D!

    Cheers

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