According to many reports the new trend in raising a child is to raise them without a gender. A “genderless” person, you say? What does that even mean? Is it an “it”? What do we refer “it” as? Those are just a few of the many questions that come to mind when one hears about the many people who now decide to raise their children without a gender. This new age approach may seem crazy to most, but is it really all that strange?
Most of this began in 2011 with the Toronto couple that decided to raise their child, named Storm Stocker, without a gender. The parents of the baby decided to keep the gender of their child secret. The only people that found out the gender were it’s siblings, and the midwives. Kathy and David Stocker made this decision, because they felt that it was best for their child. They sent out an email stating
“We decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a standup to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime.”
Controversial topic for sure, but I was surprised to see that 89% of people did not agree with it, while only 11% did. I am sure that this is a very difficult decision to make, and I completely understand where Storm’s parents are coming from; however, I do not know if it is the best decision for the baby. I completely agree with Sherri Shepherd when she says that “He is a baby, that is when you come in as parents…” I believe that children are blank slates that come into the world, and it comes down to how they are raised. It is the parents’ responsibility to make their child’s life as easy as possible. This does not involve adding another thing that could confuse the child while growing up. Isn’t it bad enough that there are bullies out there that make fun of children for not having the most up to date clothes, but now this child will be put through hell by people because “it” is raised differently.
In the end all that matters is that Storm is a happy and healthy baby, but is it normal to make an experiment out of your child? Should Mr. and Mrs. Stocker raise their baby in a way that could later hurt “it”? So many questions are raised by this controversial decision, but only time will tell how it will all affect Storm.