A Toronto couple are defending their decision to keep their infant's sex a secret in order to allow the child to develop his or her own gender identity... The boys are encouraged to choose their own clothing and hairstyles - even if that means wearing girls' clothes - and to challenge gender norms.Now, the caveat - people are free to raise their rugrats as they see fit. If Mum and Dad want to encourage junior to develop his or her own gender identity, it's certainly not for me to interfere. That said, why not go the whole hog and name the poor kid Gaylord MacWoofter, then spend the next eighteen years flushing its head in the toilet themselves?
After all, as anyone who's ever been to any school, anywhere knows, kids take vicious abuse for everything and nothing - for being too fat, too thin, too tall or too short; for being too smart or too thick, and so on endlessly in a neverending chain of senseless, competitive nastiness.
Frankly, encouraging your kid to "develop its own gender identity" before sending him or her to school is like declawing a cat and hurling it to the hounds. The poor sprog would do better to stay at home giving itself dead legs and chucking its own schoolbag onto the roof.
"Mum, Dad... Do you remember how you encouraged me to find my own gender role without the intrusive intervention of society's norms?"
"Why yes, son, we do. We always felt it was important that you find your own identity".
"I'd like to thank you for that, guys. Without you, I wouldn't be barricaded into this branch of Ann Summers holding fourteen hostages at gunpoint. You're the best parents a boy could have... Now, put the police negotiator back on, I want to know where my purple helicopter is".
And yes, it'd be nice to live in a world where kids could express themselves however they like without being sadistically tormented. Let me know the very second that this fantastical reality dawns, and I'll rock up to work in a mankini myself.