A friend's Faceboob status said that his son had predicted that the new baby would come tomorrow. The day after this status, of course, people were asking if it were true. The father answered: "She's a girl and she's already acting up, she could stay in another three weeks as far as I am concerned."
Now I am hoping this was a joke, which it probably was. But still. This is actually quite misogynist and the poor baby isn't even born yet. It got me thinking about how misogyny really starts before birth. It's so embedded in our culture and our mindset that we simply don't even notice it any more.
It's there in the fact that most couples want a boy first.
It lives in people asking you (if you've had the 'misfortune' of having a girl as a firstborn) if you will be trying for a boy next.
It is so deeply weaved within everything we say and think and do once a child is conceived, that we hardly even notice. No child can be equal if he enters an already biased world.