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 So Sad: Parents keep child’s gender under wraps

Parents keep child’s gender under wraps

When many couples have a baby, they send out an email to family and friends that fills them in on the key details: name, gender, birth weight, that sort of thing. (You know the drill: "Both Mom and little Ethan are doing great!")

But the email sent recently by Kathy Witterick and David Stocker of Toronto, Canada to announce the birth of their baby, Storm, was missing one important piece of information. "We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now--a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...)," it said.

That's right. They're not saying whether Storm is a boy or a girl.

There's nothing ambiguous about the baby's genitals. But as Stocker puts it: "If you really want to get to know someone, you don't ask what's between their legs." So only the parents, their two other children (both boys), a close friend, and the two midwives who helped deliver the now 4-month-old baby know its gender. Even the grandparents have been left in the dark.

Stocker and Witterick say the decision gives Storm the freedom to choose who he or she wants to be. "What we noticed is that parents make so many choices for their children. It's obnoxious," adds Stocker, a teacher at an alternative school.

They say that kids receive messages from society that encourage them to fit into existing boxes, including with regard to gender. "We thought that if we delayed sharing that information, in this case hopefully, we might knock off a couple million of those messages by the time that Storm decides Storm would like to share," says Witterick.

"In fact, in not telling the gender of my precious baby, I am saying to the world, 'Please can you just let Storm discover for him/herself what s (he) wants to be?!." she wrote in an email.


 2011/5/24 15:38Profile

 Re: So Sad: Parents keep child’s gender under wraps

For parents who already have two boys, this is either a moment of post-natal madness, or, mind-bogglingly naive, as everyone who meets Storm will be able to discern his/her gender long before Storm can talk!

 2011/5/25 6:40

Joined: 2009/8/31
Posts: 416
Ohio USA


Sad. Poor kid, to have such ignorant parents. This child will grow up with an identity crisis.


 2011/5/25 7:07Profile

Joined: 2004/7/7
Posts: 7497


The comments that accompany this news item are very interesting. There are very few that agree with the parents decision on this matter.

I find this mindset disturbing. The message the child gets is that it is disgraceful to be either a male or female. A child born with both body parts is a serious problem - would they rather to have a baby like that???? Why not celebrate your gender?? why disguise it?

I have seen the pic of this child. To me it looks like a male.

Poor baby.

Sandra Miller

 2011/5/25 9:14Profile

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