In her review of Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love: Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Adoption Practice by Christine Ward Gailey, Judith Gibbons explains that the term blue ribbon in the context of infant adoption refers to parents' preference for a healthy White infant. Author Christine Ward Gailey goes further in describing the term trophy child to refer to "the preference of wealthy couples for a child…who matches them physically and reflects them positively." More specifically, it appears that the blue ribbon and trophy babies tend to be girls rather than boys, especially in intercountry adoption. Nonetheless, gender issues in adoption have not been as thoroughly addressed by researchers as racial issues have been.
What are some potential reasons for parents' preferences for girls in adoption? Why would girls be preferred more in intercountry adoption specifically? Why has this gender trend not been explored by researchers?
By Judith L. Gibbons
PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(51)