The genderless baby......

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Registered: 05-20-2008
The genderless baby......
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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 11:10am

What are your thoughts on this?

There are countless things in this world I don’t understand: my TV remote, aerospace engineering, trigonometry and my dog’s fascination with armpits leap immediately to mind. But topping the list this week is the decision of one Toronto couple to try to raise a “genderless baby.”


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Registered: 01-12-2008
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 1:56pm
Is this family nuts??? Really what good does it do to not tell the gender of the child? You can still buy a boy barbies, and a girl dump trucks. Didn't we have this convo about toys and kids over Christmas? I don't get it. But hey its their issue not mine.
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 2:04pm
I agree. My boys have a barbie and doll. Coe also has a shirt that has pink in it.
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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 3:35pm
To each their own but for me, I feel gender plays an important part in a child's identity. I dont mean conforming to stereotypes as Im all for breaking them. Charlie has a teaset, loves to dance (which Im all for encouraging :P) if he wants a doll I'll buy him one. If he comes to me at some point during his life and wants me to treat him as a girl/woman then I hope I will be able to respect his wishes and understand them. But from what Ive read of this story, these people seem to be deliberately awkward and I dont see the benefit of raising a child in this manner.
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 3:42pm
I wonder if they think the gender will never come out. Do they plan to bandage her chest (assuming it's a girl) when she starts to develop? Could you imagine the damage growing up as the "it"? So if they ever get a babysitter does she have to sign a contract stating she won't release the gender of the baby?
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Registered: 10-25-2008
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 8:54pm

i was on my way here to post about these weirdos

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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 9:10pm
I seem to be one step ahead of you lately. Lol
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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 9:55am

I'm on the fence about this one. I get where they are coming from, and it's something I could have seen my ex-husband totally embracing 10 years ago. I have a background in Women and Gender Studies, and the conversation of socializing gender was huge in our household when my daughter (now 11) was born.

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Registered: 02-22-2009
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 12:44pm

I saw this article online too and was speechless.

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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 9:14am
I'm more inclined to think the parents want their five minutes of fame than anything else. What are they planning to do when a babysitter changes a diaper? Or they have to fill out a form at preschool? They can raise their baby anyway they want, but after a certain point they will be doing their child a huge disservice.
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