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    I found this interesting and slightly amusing. I gotta say, i welcome the idea of having daughters.

    Are you pretty? Study claims you will have more daughters than sons | MNN - Mother Nature Network
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    Well, I'm pretty damn hot, and I've birthed 3 boys and 1 girl.
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    • #3
      I assume it's not infallible, lol.
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      • #4
        Weird article considering the sex of a baby is determined by the father, not the mother. No suggested mechanism behind this (do attractive women somehow attract men with more/better female sperm than male sperm? LOL)
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        • #5
          Sounds to me like the guy is trying to stir up some publicity. As the article notes 'beauty' changes over time and some ugly kids become beautiful adults and vice-versa. And there is always the 'in the eye of the beholder' factor.

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          • #6
            My only child is a girl, and I am pretty plain. I think that on average you are more likely to have a girl anyway, no?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
              Weird article considering the sex of a baby is determined by the father, not the mother. No suggested mechanism behind this (do attractive women somehow attract men with more/better female sperm than male sperm? LOL)
              actually that isn't true. your cervix picks the sperm it allows in.
              i have two daughters.

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              • #8
                I've never considered myself attractive and I have two girls
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                • #9
                  Most species tend to produce more females, because it just makes good evolutionary sense, honestly.
                  I jsut thought it was amusing that he picked being attractive in any sense as the main correlation.
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                  • #10
                    I have 2 boys, so I'm going to assume (for my own ego's sake) that the guy that wrote the article is full of crap and hates his own beautiful mother, hence the snarky crap he wrote to get back at her.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Melody View Post
                      actually that isn't true. your cervix picks the sperm it allows in.
                      i have two daughters.
                      You think the cervix can determine X or Y genes in the sperm? Yes, the cervix only allows through functional sperm, but it's not like the cervix is evaluating each one and saying yay or nay...It's probably more accurate to say defective/atypical sperm can't make it through the cervical mucus and are filtered out of the reproductive process, rather than the cervix picking and choosing which sperm it likes best. Perhaps the thickness or thinness of the mucus might favor X over Y sperm at different times of the month but I'd say that has more to do with when ovulation in relation to sex occur and less to do with the inherent attractiveness of the mother.
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                      • #12
                        I don't remember the exact study, but women with PCOS are slightly more likely to have boys. Something about their bodies being more male sperm friendly. And the raised testosterone also helped maintain male pregnancies more than female.
                        Following that logic, since many pcos-ers have insulin resistance, hersuitism, excess abdominal weight, darkened skin patches, acne, skin tags, etc., one could say non-pcos women could be more attractive by comparison.
                        So in that line of thought, they might construe some sense out of it.

                        That being said, I have pcos and have a son, no daughters. But I was in crazy good shape and fairly attractive when I got pg with him. I'm much heavier now and my skin sucks, so gee maybe my kid will be an uber boy this time since I am now an ogre.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
                          You think the cervix can determine X or Y genes in the sperm? Yes, the cervix only allows through functional sperm, but it's not like the cervix is evaluating each one and saying yay or nay...It's probably more accurate to say defective/atypical sperm can't make it through the cervical mucus and are filtered out of the reproductive process, rather than the cervix picking and choosing which sperm it likes best. Perhaps the thickness or thinness of the mucus might favor X over Y sperm at different times of the month but I'd say that has more to do with when ovulation in relation to sex occur and less to do with the inherent attractiveness of the mother.
                          mmm cervical mucus... Thats just nasty.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
                            You think the cervix can determine X or Y genes in the sperm? Yes, the cervix only allows through functional sperm, but it's not like the cervix is evaluating each one and saying yay or nay...It's probably more accurate to say defective/atypical sperm can't make it through the cervical mucus and are filtered out of the reproductive process, rather than the cervix picking and choosing which sperm it likes best. Perhaps the thickness or thinness of the mucus might favor X over Y sperm at different times of the month but I'd say that has more to do with when ovulation in relation to sex occur and less to do with the inherent attractiveness of the mother.
                            The ph balance of the cervical mucus can favor one sperm sex over another as well.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bishop View Post
                              The ph balance of the cervical mucus can favor one sperm sex over another as well.
                              soooo... acidic favors girls & alkaline favors boys...?

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