I feel sorry for Baby Storm. You know, the "genderless" child born a few months ago.
The mother and father have announced Baby Storm will not: be burden by color, hairstyle, clothing, activities or anything else that may place unwanted social stereotypes on their new child. To achieve this mom and dad will keep Baby Storm's biological sex a secret from family and friends--at least for now.
(I have to admit, when I heard about this the first thought that came to mind was, OMG--who's going to help with diaper duty?!)
The family's decision to try this experiment is based on the premise of X: A Fabulous Child's Story, a short story by Lois Gould. On paper it makes sense, well sort of. But in real life, not so much.
True, stereotypes (pink/blue, trucks/dolls, strong/pretty) will always be present in society. But it's up to parents to allow the stereotypes they believe in, or squash those they don't. Swallow up the positive comments, and spit out the negative. Isn't that what we all do?
Creating this limitless, genderless, non-judgmental environment is really for the parents, in my opinion, since the child is too young to know any better. So is it worth forbidding their two older sons to refer to Baby Storm as brother or sister in order to keep the secret? Or risk hurt feelings from grandparents, aunts and uncles (who probably only care if the baby is healthy anyway) not privy to the secret? Or the bother of teaching Toddler Storm how to pee while standing and sitting because that, too, is a social stereotype!
But here's the best question for Baby Storm's parents: If you wanted to keep Baby Storm's gender under wraps, then why make a public announcement?
Yes, I feel sorry for Baby Storm.