Nationality: Mexican American
Date of Performance/Collection: 3-28-2020
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
Background: Informant is a Mexican-American mother of 3. Her knowledge of this gender prediction comes from her mother.
Informant: When I was pregnant with my second child, everyone told me I was having another boy. They said my stomach was “carrying low”, which is an indicator of a boy. My mom really believed that I was having a boy, but I was certain I was having a girl so my mom told me to try some gender predictions.
Interviewer: What kind of gender predictions?
Informant: She told me I should first, try and see if my son was more attached to me, because if he was then that is suppose to mean I am having a girl. Another prediction she told me was to grab a thin strand of hair and loop it through my wedding ring, and hold to over my palm. If the ring started to circle it means a girl, and if it swings side to side then it means boy.
Interviewer: So did the gender predictions predict boy or girl? Were they right?
Informant: They both pointed to signs of a baby girl. They were right, but I don’t really think they are accurate. I really just had a gut feeling I was having a girl and did the gender predictions for fun.
Context: Interviewer asked informant about gender myths.
Thoughts: Gender predictions do not seem something to take too serious. They seem like, harmless fun games to do. Especially with modern technology their is fast and easy ways to actually find out the gender. I think gender predictions shouldn’t be trusted for accuracy.