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    Parents keep child's gender under wraps

    Parents keep child’s gender under wraps - Yahoo! News

    Quote Originally Posted by Yahoo
    When many couples have a baby, they send out an email to family and friends that fills them in on the key details: name, gender, birth weight, that sort of thing. (You know the drill: "Both Mom and little Ethan are doing great!")

    But the email sent recently by Kathy Witterick and David Stocker of Toronto, Canada to announce the birth of their baby, Storm, was missing one important piece of information. "We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now--a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...)," it said.
    The headline isn't accurate. It's the child sex that's being kept a secret, not the gender. The baby's gender - which is psychological - is not yet known until it begins to express itself more.

    I think it's an interesting idea. As soon as we assume that the sex of male or female means that the gender is male or female, we start applying all of these norms to the baby. Like boys wear blue and girls wear pink, or girls play with barbies and boys play with GI joes.

    This baby is now free to be what it wants to be without people telling it that it can't do something based on its sex. I'm wondering though what's going to happen once school approaches. Hopefully these parents can go the private school route.

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    Re: Parents keep child's gender under wraps

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    Parents keep child’s gender under wraps - Yahoo! News



    The headline isn't accurate. It's the child sex that's being kept a secret, not the gender. The baby's gender - which is psychological - is not yet known until it begins to express itself more.

    I think it's an interesting idea. As soon as we assume that the sex of male or female means that the gender is male or female, we start applying all of these norms to the baby. Like boys wear blue and girls wear pink, or girls play with barbies and boys play with GI joes.

    This baby is now free to be what it wants to be without people telling it that it can't do something based on its sex. I'm wondering though what's going to happen once school approaches. Hopefully these parents can go the private school route.
    Dup thread, but I'm not quite sure how private school will be any better than public school. The child will be forced the wear a uniform specific to its' physical gender, and if it is confused because of the parents' choice in discouraging gender identity it could lead to further issues.
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    Re: Parents keep child's gender under wraps

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Dup thread, but I'm not quite sure how private school will be any better than public school. The child will be forced the wear a uniform specific to its' physical gender, and if it is confused because of the parents' choice in discouraging gender identity it could lead to further issues.
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