Sunday sermon #1: Hallelujah for… non gender specific babies

In the first of what may or may not become a regular feature, today we pay homage to babies who have the freedom to choose their gender.

My attention has been pricked by the Canadian couple who are refusing to tell people the sex of their four-month year old baby, Storm – an appropriate name, as it has whipped up a whirlwind of vitriol from people who believe, and don’t ask me why, that gender is to do with biology and not, as is actual the case, a social construct.

The evidence for this is undeniable, as sure as the fact that the Earth is flat and the Rapture will now happen on 21st October (thanks for clearing that one up by the way Mr Camping.)

Think about it, as soon as you put a new-born in a nursery painted in some hideous baby blue then their chances of finding their true gender potential is immediately diminished by a factor of 10. Pink has the same effect. Fact.

All babies should, by law, be brought up in a gender neutral environment. To do anything else is to withhold the opportunity for that child to make up their own mind what gender they want to be. That would be like asking them what they want to be when they grow up and when they say “a fireman” you respond “No, your parents have decided, society demands that you become an arsonist.” And who wants that?

As the mother of Storm has said, everyone demanding to “know what is between the baby’s legs is unhealthy, unsafe, and voyeuristic”. Quite right and, gender arguments aside, it surely tramples on the babies human rights by breaching privacy. If I was Storm, I would take out a super-injuction to stop anyone from ever knowing, or speaking of, what I have hidden in my nether region.

And what if Storm is actually a him but wants to be a her? There is nothing wrong with that in this day and age, and I’m sure that at four-months old Storm can understand that particular emotional rollercoaster in an informed and mature way, having already walked the Great Wall of China and read War & Peace.

So, let’s say a big hallelujah for non gender specific babies and their parents who have given them the freedom to choose. Amen.

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One thought on “Sunday sermon #1: Hallelujah for… non gender specific babies

  1. Ha ha. Very funny.

    Having said that, though, there are issues around gender stereotyping and conformity. Even in this day and age girls and boys are brought up with different expectations often. Girls, for example, only need to turn on the news to see most of the decisions that affect them being taken in the main by middle aged blokes in suits. That has an effect and it needs to change.

    I only have my experience of raising my child, though. I am a great believer in letting them find their own personalities. I didn’t need to hide my daughter’s gender from her in order to do that.

    You shouldn’t judge other people’s choices – and good luck to Storm’s parents and family. They all know what gender the baby is, obviously – it’s the outside world they don’t want to influence him or her. I kind of get that, but it’s impractical. And it might have been better if they ‘d just done it and then gone to the press and stated their conclusions at the end of the process. After all, they aren’t going to be able to do this for ever.

    I took part in a blog discussion about gender stereotyping issues the other day here. http://transatlanticblonde.blogspot.com/2011/05/feminist-friday-vii-gender-roles.html

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