Saturday, May 28, 2011

Video of the Day - Genderless Children

A Toronto couple is keeping the sex of their third child a secret, so that the child can essentially choose for his or herself what their gender is, without being influenced by the the biased ways we are socialized to treat children based on their sex.  Keeping in mind that "gender" and "sex" mean different things, what do you think about raising a child to be as "genderless" as possible, until they are able to decide for themselves?

Personally, I think it's a great idea, although I'm sure that keeping that kind of a secret, especially when the child's young siblings know their brother's or sister's sex, will prove to be challenging.

I'm also a big fan of their older son's long braids.  This is probably terribly unsurprising, but I also think nail polish and skirts (watch the video!) need to quickly become genderless, as well, because boys should be able to join in on the fun and comfort if they so desire, without the expectation that they will be endlessly harassed for it.  Both look great on guys! (and eyeliner, too!)