“And at the end of the day, the ‘genderless’ baby … named Storm, will more than likely figure out which gender he or she identifies with.”
I’d like to reiterate that gender is a mostly socially developed, self-identification. It is not the biological sex of a person.
According to the article, "The Truth About Genderless Babies," from Live Science, babies start picking up on gender cues as early as one year old. That means our children are already building their self-image before they can even speak coherent sentences. It is impossible to avoid exposure to the millions of daily gender cues our society is built on, but Kathy Witterick is trying.
Kathy is attempting to raise her child, Storm, with as few gender cues as possible. Regarding the public reaction to Kathy’s “unique” parenting approach, Diane Ehrensaft notes, “It makes people mad, like you’ve tricked them. There’s a real division between those who want to hold onto our traditional gender norms and those who say, ‘What for? They’ve only limited people’s lives.’”
Storm will be okay. He or she will grow up with the responsibility of self-discovery on his or her shoulders, not unlike the rest of us. At what point do we, as a society, realize the expectations we’re forcing onto our children?