I’m not exactly sure where to start with this one. Perhaps it’s comforting to know it’s not just Americans who do stupid things.
As reported by the Daily Mail, a young couple in the West Midlands of England are raising their son Max to be gender neutral.
In the morning, “dressed in a red checked lumberjack shirt and rust-coloured jeans, he shouted ‘beep beep!’ and giggled with delight while pushing a plastic motorbike around the living room of his family home.”
But in the afternoon, “he swiftly grabbed a blonde-haired doll, sat her in a pink plastic pram, and took her on a short walk, stopping only when it was time to pretend to breastfeed her.”
I have so many questions for these parents. Does your son have “gender neutral” genitalia? How will you potty-train him?
As a one-year-old, what other decisions do you think he should have the freedom to make? What if he doesn’t actually want to live in your house anymore?
Did the hamster, two cats and German Shepherd also sharing your home have the opportunity to choose their genders, and if not, why not?
When Max gets a bit older, will he be encouraged to wear sanitary napkins? Why is that any stranger than pretending to breastfeed?
And why did you name him Max? Why not Susan?
If you’re so worried about him being “too aggressive,” how about teaching him some manners? And isn’t it sexist to think only males can be “too aggressive?” After all, I know some pretty tough and bitchy girls (some might say I am among them).
I am aggressively angry at a culture that devalues and wishes to eliminate traditional masculinity. I will tell you, many bottles of wine have been emptied during conversations with various female friends who bemoan the dearth of manly men.
Yes, I am personally a beneficiary of changing attitudes towards women and women’s roles. I made the choice to work outside the home. I own a business. And a power drill.
I also recognize that a percentage of humanity – albeit a very small percentage – is transgender and suffers deeply because of it. For that I am sorry. The stories of those who must go through the process of transition in order to live contented lives are harrowing indeed.
But folks, humanity depends on having a fairly equal assortment of boys and girls. We’re not sea cucumbers.
It’s one thing to decorate the baby nursery in yellow rather than pink or blue. It’s quite another to encourage your one-year-old male child to pretend breastfeed his dolls.