Imagine your name is "Storm" and that you're a cute, cuddly baby coming up in the world. You're learning to crawl, walk, and interpret your surroundings. Soon, you'll be able to speak, and communicate to the world what's on your mind. But when you do, you'd better be sure to only use gender-neutral pronouns and not say anything that might alert people to whether you're a boy or a girl. Not to your friends and relatives -- even grandparents.
The only people who know your gender are your parents, the midwife who delivered you, and your two older brothers, Kio and Jazz. But they won't be much help, as your parents are practically indiscernible from one another, Jazz wears long pigtails and has a penchant for anything pink -- including pink earrings -- and Kio dons an androgynous hairstyle and is forever in a pair of leggings.
Well, that's the scenario for one Toronto baby being raised "genderless" by very progressive parents named David Stocker and Kathy Witterick. The parents, who said their decision to raise Storm gender-neutral is a "tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation," have clung desperately to stick to their plan by any means necessary. The Daily Mail reveals Stocker and Witterick have concocted some pretty far-fetched ways of keeping the baby's gender tightly under wraps:
Storm’s parents are offering no clues. The child is dressed in gender-neutral red and the couple are so determined to fight the ‘tyranny of pronouns’ that, after considering ‘Z’ (pronounced ‘zee’), mum refers to Storm as ‘she’ — but ‘imagining the ‘‘s’’ in brackets’.
Stocker, a "progressive teacher," apparently even wrote a textbook called Math That Matters, that abandons the tried-and-true math equations of yesteryear for ones emphasizing "social justice" issues such as homophobia, poverty, child abuse and racial profiling. According The Mail, one of the book's sample question reads:
"A Chinese worker who makes my shoes earns what percentage of the price I paid for them?"
The family reportedly spent their last vacation in Cuba, where they stayed with locals and sought to learn the "virtues" of Marxism.
But apparently, raising a "genderless" child is a new trend among progressives who believe a child has a "right to choose" what he or she "wants to be." You might recall not too long ago, when J. Crew drew the ire of parents and child psychiatrists across the country for an ad featuring the company's president Jenna Lyons painting her small son's toenails hot pink.
The caption below the ad read: “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”
Recently, ABC reported a Michigan high school banned prom "kings" and "queens" after a transgender student was denied the crown a year earlier, and Tennessee State University has hopped on the bandwagon too, following leads from Stanford and Rutgers, by planning to offer gender-neutral housing for its students.
Even the State Department now issues gender neutral U.S. passports, dropping "mother" and "father" in place of "Parent One" and "Parent Two."
But perhaps one of the more egregious instances of pushing the gender neutral agenda can be found in Stockholm, Sweden where a tax-payer funded preschool enforces a strict gender-free curriculum. The school retains "gender pedagogues" who refer to the students simply as "friends" and refrain from using gender identifying pronouns when referring to others. Instead, they prefer the term "hens."
“We use the word ‘hen’ for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten,” Rajalin says. “We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say ‘Hen is coming around 2 p.m.’ Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.”
Thankfully in this case of Storm, the psychiatric community has come down on the side of sanity when it told the Daily Mail that Stocker and Witterick are doing the child a terrible disservice -- in essence, raising a "freak":
‘To raise a child not as a boy or a girl is creating, in some sense, a freak. It sets them up for not knowing who they are,’ says Dr Eugene Beresin, a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr Harold Koplewicz, a leading U.S. child psychiatrist, said he was ‘disturbed’ that well-meaning parents could be so misguided.
‘When children are born, they’re not a blank slate. We do have male brains and female brains,’ he says. ‘There’s a reason why boys do more rough and tumble play; there’s a reason why girls have better language development skills.’