Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Parents keep child's gender secret

Below is a story of a liberal White couple who is experimenting with raising their children in a "genderless" manner.

“So it’s a boy, right?” a neighbour calls out as Kathy Witterick walks by, her four month old baby, Storm, strapped to her chest in a carrier.
Each week the woman asks the same question about the baby with the squishy cheeks and feathery blond hair.
Witterick smiles, opens her arms wide, comments on the sunny spring day, and keeps walking.
She’s used to it. The neighbours know Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it.
This story reminds me of a recent NPR series in which chronicled the story of a Chimpanzee named Lucy. Lucy was the subject of an experiment in  the 1960s/ The goal of the experiment was to see what it meant to be human. Is our humanity based on biology? Or is being a human a social construct? The results of this experiment were disastrous for Lucy.

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