As the mother of a son, I do not accept that alienation from me is necessary for his discovery of himself. As a woman, I will not cooperate in demeaning womanly things so that he can be proud to be a man. I like to think the women in my son’s future are counting on me. – Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Disclaimer: I’m only writing this because the #1 question people asked me after I found out my baby’s sex was “How do you feel about it?” I think it’s a societal expectation to want/need a boy and a girl and also taboo to discuss anything regarding feelings of disappointment, but I’ve had some time to process and decided to write this out for other moms who may have similar feelings as well as for myself.