It's pretty much the first question people ask when they hear someone's had a baby: Boy or Girl? It's usually before they even ask if the child is healthy.
Now check out this story from Canada:
When the third child in Kathy Witterick and David Stocker's family was born, the parents decided they weren't going to let society dictate what kind of person that child would be, so they've kept the child's physical gender a secret - even from the grandparents!
As the father put it:
The couple also have two sons whom they've encouraged to be as gender non-conforming as they wish, allowed to wear pink and have long hair, and the kids are often mistaken for girls... with some resulting discomfort.
"If you really want to get to know someone, you don't ask what's between their legs."
As a parent, my mind boggles at the idea of trying to side-step the MILLIONS of times "Oh, it's a boy!" or "Oh, it's a girl!" or "Oh, which is it/he/she?" must come up. And all those forms that only have two boxes to check, boy or girl. Male or female.
As we're learning in our Gender 101 video series, gender is more complex, more diverse, more wonderful than we've been taught, but the lock-step of baby pink and baby blue for babies is so intense in our culture, that something this simple seems completely revolutionary.
The baby's name is STORM, and ze already is - a STORM of Inspiration!
So, cheers for Kathy and David and their kids for walking the Enlightened Gender Walk - you're changing the world for all of us!
What do you think?
ps- My thanks to Karol for sharing this with me so I could share it with you! And here's an article where Storm's Mom defends their position.