Parents raised gender-neutral child to avoid stereotyping

Some parents from Cambridgeshire have caused controversy after raising their child for the last five years as gender-neutral. The mum and dad have refused to reveal the sex of their youngster and have brought it up as neutral to avoid stereotyping. The parents have finally exposed that their child is in fact a little boy but from the moment Sasha was born they have strived not to lumber their son with the stereotyping that the male gender brings.

The boy has always been referred to as ‘the infant’ and they have kept his sex secret from everyone apart from a few close friends and relatives. He has been encouraged to play with all kinds of toys including dolls and Lego, he has slept in a yellow room and he’s been allowed to wear both girls’ and boys’ clothes. With many not actually knowing the gender of the youngster, over the years people have had to purchase personalised baby gifts that are non-aligned.

Beck Laxton and Keiran Cooper explained that typecasting is senseless and that they were desperate not to prejudice their child’s life with gender so they never asked the sex of the baby until after 30 minutes he was born.

The parents argue that gender affects what children wear and play with and that it shapes the kind of person a kid becomes. They state that it skews a toddler’s potential and that it is only now that Sasha has started school that the secret has become impossible to keep. However, the boy is yet to encounter any bullying despite wearing girls’ clothes at times. Lot sof Baby gifts tend to be neutral but as a child grows older, this becomes harder to affiliate.

An American child psychiatrist has argued that the parents are misguided and that when an infant is born they are not a blank state. The doctor says that as a mankind, people have male and female brains and therefore there is a scientific reason for boys playing rougher and why girls have better language development skills.

 When buying christening gifts for a child; you could avoid stereotyping or labelling by buying neutral presents such as a bible, white cuddly toy or a teething box.

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  1. Kate
    February 8, 2012 / 10:44 am

    I am all for freedom of thought and speech etc but when a child is born with male ‘parts’ how can you argue he is anything but male? I encourage my son to ‘choose’ the toys he wants to play with too but I wouldn’t hide his identity from the world. I do not, however, encourage him to play with footballs and guns etc. It is his choice and his way of learning through play and integration with other children that defines him as a little boy. If my son turned round to me in years time and said he wants to be a little girl I would address that there and then. It is the childs choice ultimately not the parents. That’s just my parenting. Interesting post. Thanks Becky xx

  2. Becky
    March 31, 2012 / 5:24 am

    I titallyagree with you Kate

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