There seem to be a growing number of people who are making the decision to raise their child “gender neutral”. The couple featured in this article did not reveal the sex or name their child, who turned out to be a boy, until the age of five. Throughout the first five years they referred to newly named Sasha as “the infant”, played with gender neutral toys and alternated the wearing of boys & girls clothing.
I find this fascinating and eagerly await studies on the psychological effect that it has on the children. I would think that implementation of gender on children while placing limitations on them by forcing them to play, dress and BEHAVE in gender specific ways would have a much more negative impact than encouraging gender neutrality.
When I was a little girl I hated dresses & skirts with a passion. They made me feel uncomfortable and I felt silly wearing
them. Yet my mother forced me to wear them and I resented her for it. In those days, all I wanted to wear were my jeans so I could crawl around the dirt out back to collect earth worms. Of course, I now realize that my mother was as big a tomboy as I was so her mom did the exact same thing to her for being too “boyish”. Imposing limitations on the creativity of children is carried out generation, after generation. The idea of just letting kids be themselves is thrilling and I cannot wait to hear what type of person Sasha develops into.