Can You Raise a Genderless Baby?


This is Storm. The baby is four months old, and lives in Toronto. 

Storm has two brothers, Kio, 2, and Jazz, 5. 

Aside from the brothers, dad David Stocker, a close family friend, and a pair of midwives that helped Kathy Witterick deliver the baby, no one else knows if Storm is a boy or a girl.

On purpose.

The parents have decided to keep the baby's gender a secret.  They hope Storm will grow up and decide on a gender. 

From the Toronto Star:

"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? ...)."

Kio and Jazz already echo some of that freedom of choice.  They wear what they want, wear their hair how they want to.  They have been mistaken as girls.  Jazz is unschooled - a form of homeschooling that is directed by what the child wants to do and learn on any given day.

It's a fascinating conversation - one that has been picked up all around the world and ignited a fierce debate among Toronto Star readers (where the story originated).  Who defines gender?  Is it more than pink dolls and blue toy trucks?

Have a look at the Star article and tell us what you think.  The pages and pages of reader comments, as well as reaction around the world, suggest you, too, might have a strong opinion to share.

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