The Harmful Effects of Raising Children ‘Gender Neutral’

Christian Post 2 Feb 2012
Numerous stories have emerged recently about parents who have chosen to raise their children as “gender neutral.” The parents have received widespread criticism with many questioning whether they have a political motive and are just using their children to enforce their own agendas. Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of Elle magazine’s U.K. edition, recently commented on the topic warning that using a child to make political statements is harmful to the child. Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper kept the gender of their son Sasha a secret to the public for the first five years of his life. “I wanted to avoid all the stereotyping,” said the mother Laxton to U.K.-based Cambridge News. “Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes?” Sasha’s gender-neutral story is similar to that of a Canadian couple, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, who also decided to keep the gender of their baby a secret. The couples explained that they hoped their actions would make the world “a more progressive place.” However, Candy did not agree with Laxton and Cooper’s decision to keep their son Sasha gender neutral. “He has been hailed as an experiment in breaking stereotypes, but who would want to expose their child to possible derision for the sake of their political beliefs?” she asks.

….The increased support for gender liberation has some questioning why people would even consider keeping their children genderless, most accepting that gender is a fact and not a decision. According to Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, “A person cannot choose whether they are male or female, that is something that is intrinsic in their body at birth.”