Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/4/2011

Saturday Vids: Storm, The Genderless Baby

Over the past few weeks, the story of a Canadian couple who is keeping the gender of their baby, named Storm, a secret, has made headlines. Their reasoning seems to be that they want to allow their child to choose his/her own gender. They want to help him/her avoid feeling trapped by gender and to give him/her more freedom to express himself/herself. Of course, controversy ensued, even resulting in a segment on the Today show.

What do you think? Are Storm’s parents progressive or are they ultimately harming their child? Is it even possible to raise a gender-free kid?

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  • Brenna @ at 1:20 pm, June 4th, 2011

    The video is expired :(

    I think it’s a good, progressive thing. In fact, I think the child will feel empowered and be a more free-thinker if he or she is not trapped in his or her gender. And even if he or she does choose one gender, the parents will have raised this child to know that he or she does not have to abide by silly gender roles and will not hold others to those standards, either.

  • Zoe @ at 1:57 pm, June 4th, 2011

    The video has expired but I’ve heard mention of this a lot.

    I don’t think their intent is to be “genderless” or “genderfree”. They’re just trying to raise it without any societal pressures or gender norms. I think there is a good chance that the child will choose the gender that matches it’s sex but so many trans-gendered children don’t get the chance to choose so it’s best to let the child figure it out on it’s own. Either way, I think it’ll contribute to a healthier view of the genders for the kid.

  • Garen @ at 7:34 am, June 5th, 2011

    If they wanted to raise a genderless child, why tell the world about it? No-one would have been fussed about her child if she hadn’t walked around screaming ‘I’M NOT TELLING YOU THE GENDER OF MY BABY! HOW RUDE AND INVASIVE OF YOU TO ASK!’

  • Mariella @ at 11:58 am, June 5th, 2011

    This is an interesting idea, but at such a young age the baby wouldn’t really have any perception of it’s own gender anyway, it’s the way he or she is treated by their parents and others close to them that begins to shape their ideas about their gender and gender role. Therefore, if the parents choose to treat their baby as they would treat a boy, then he or she will probably have more sterotypically masculine qualities – giving this baby’s parents a lot of power to influence the child, being the only ones who know his/her gender. However, it would be interesting to know exactly how far someone can be influenced into being more masculine or feminine, and how much of it is actually biological.

  • allie @ at 12:42 pm, June 6th, 2011

    I agree. its a nice idea but i don’t think the baby would even know. plus i’ve talked to trans people before and they think its kind of silly, really, because it makes it seem like its a choice when it isn’t(their words not mine!) they had no problem with being called a boy/girl when they were born, because they didn’t know, but they just wanted people to listen when they said,”hey born in the wrong body here” when they were four or five years old. they didn’t choose, its a birth defect that happened in the womb(again this is how my friend explained it to me)i can understand about getting rid of gender roles, but that doesn’t mean you get rid of gender, unless the person is omnigender who feels they are both man and woman depending on the day! yes gender roles are wrong, but gender isn’t. its cool to raise your kid in a gender neutral environment, which i plan on doing, but its kind of stupid to say the child has no gender that it isn’t a boy or a girl, and then make money or get attention for it!

  • Renee @ at 8:26 am, June 10th, 2011

    O thank God I don’t think it’s up to me to decide if someone right in the way the raise their child as long as the kids okay it’s fine…and I’ve just decided fuck it what you like as a child RARELY affects who you are gonna be….but I also said thank god b/c I thought that science had made a genderless baby and I was like REALLY SCIENCE STOP CREEPING ME OUT ALREADY!!!!!

  • Becky @ at 3:23 pm, June 10th, 2011

    While it isn’t my business, I would never raise a child like this. It seems like Storm is more of a social experiment to them. Parents can focus on raising a gender accepting child without cutting out gender all together. While gender roles can stifle a child’s development and cause the child to feel pain, usually parents have a significant role in this shame as well. You can teach a child that boys and girls behave the same way and are capable of doing the same things, and the child will probably grow up to be unique and non-judgemental. I think raising a “genderless” child is a bit too extreme, and may even be counter productive. I can express myself even though my parents identified my gender as a girl.

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