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Want To Know The Sex Of Your Baby? Think Again, Says Ian McEwan

The novelist Ian McEwan has slammed parents who seek to find out whether their unborn child is a boy or a girl

For soon-to-be parents, discovering the gender of your impending little one can be one of the most exciting stages of pregnancy. While not everyone chooses to discover whether they will have a boy or girl some opt to find out, perhaps so they can decorate the nursery in advance, or perhaps so they can decide on names.

However, speaking over the weekend at the Hay Festival in the Brecon Beacons, the English novelist Ian McEwan expressed his outright views on those who do choose to discover the sex. 

'My son and partner are expecting a child, but they're absolutely clear that they do not want to know the sex,' he said. 'It is above all a person. Knowing in advance this social identity which confers a pink and blue fate almost seems like a form of moral kitsch, because what you are celebrating is a person.'

People have been divided since the statement. Is finding out the sex of your unborn child merely natural impatience or is it shaping your thoughts about a new person based around gender before you've even met them?

What do you reckon? Does finding out the sex impose a 'pink and blue fate'? Did you find out the sex of your baby? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. 



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