Parents keep child's gender secret

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Parents keep child's gender secret
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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 2:19pm

The children appear to be healthy, happy with two committed parents.

I'm sure the children will turn out fine but will others' reactions, inflicted upon them, cause harm?

I "get" what the parents are doing but is society ready?

Complete article at link.....

http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/babiespregnancy/babies/article/995112

“So it’s a boy, right?” a neighbour calls out as Kathy Witterick walks by, her four month old baby, Storm, strapped to her chest in a carrier.

Each week the woman asks the same question about the baby with the squishy cheeks and feathery blond hair.

Witterick smiles, opens her arms wide, comments on the sunny spring day, and keeps walking.

She’s used to it. The neighbours know Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it.

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:13am

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 1:20pm
It should prove interesting. I'm not sure how long they are going to be able to keep it up though. Toddlers are notorious about 'losing' their clothes & running around 'au naturel'! LOL!

I do applaud them for trying to avoid gender stereotyping. We raised our DD to understand that she can do anything she wants...just find her 'passion' & live a happy life & we'll be ecstatic!

I will say that I was very upset with my older SIL when she had a mini-hissy fit because our DD chose to get her BS in Psychology. She kept ranting about how Psychology was a 'woman's career' & how we were 'letting' society force our DD down that path! HUH? I told her that SHE was stereotyping & she didn't like that...;)

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 1:36pm

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 1:45pm

One of the reasons I like living where I live, is because it is not unusual to see men in kilts, Utili-Kilts or even beautiful sarongs in warm weather. My bbrother in law, tall, swarthy, construction worker, with curly hair to his mid back and a full beard, could NEVER be taken for un-masculine. Then again, it's an area where you see men attending to child rearing almost as much as women, and it isn't given a second thought. Lot's of SNAGs (sensitive new age guys) up here.



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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 5:41pm

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 8:16pm

I live in the Sierra Gold Country.

I wonder why our culture is so blocked on mens clothing? In other countries, sometimes it's the men with the most beautiful clothes.



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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:52am

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 11:29am

I just have to eyeroll here. Did some off the wall experimental child psychologist get to these parents? Is this the newest parenting fad out there? I'm sorry, but that child will run right smack into the gender identity wall when it's time for preschool, kindergarten, etc. They can't raise their child in a bubble. What they can do is provide a mixture of toys and not stereotype colors in the clothes or what have you. But what they can't do is pretend our gender-biased world does not exist. The skewed cultural biases will still be there. The best way to evolve our societies and cultures is to raise children to reach their full potential, fight for it in education and opportunities in the school systems, recreational programs, and provide opportunities for their child to grow. And also be there when their child crashes into the gender barriers that wider society and cultures enforce through advertising, religion and so on, to support their child who will be in tears of confusion. Even rage. Because that's what will happen. But I get it, too. We have to keep fighting the gender bias until it's finally eradicated. Whether raising a child as a "social experiment" is the way to do it, I'm not so sure about that... :|


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Gypsy

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 1:06pm

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 3:46pm
I see plenty of guys around here who wear 'utilikilts'...usually with wool socks & Birkies! LOL! Honestly, if a guy wants to wear a dress - go for it. Many men have better looking legs than women do!!

I remember that it wasn't until 4th grade that we were allowed to wear pants to school - NO jeans for the girls, though. On bad weather days, we could wear pants UNDER our dresses! Yeah, like that was comfortable! That was a public school... I started wearing pants as soon as I could & rarely have gone back! LOL!

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