This is outrageous!
Here are a few excerpts from the article (you can find a link to the entire article below):
A couple of Swedish parents have stirred up debate in the country by refusing to reveal whether their two-and-a-half-year-old child is a boy or a girl.
In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, the parents were quoted saying their decision was rooted in the feminist philosophy that gender is a social construction.
“We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mould from the outset,” Pop’s mother said. “It’s cruel to bring a child into the world with a blue or pink stamp on their forehead.”
Pop’s parents [see footnote], both 24, made a decision when their baby was born to keep Pop’s sex a secret. Aside from a select few – those who have changed the child’s diaper – nobody knows Pop’s gender; if anyone enquires, Pop’s parents simply say they don’t disclose this information.
Are you kidding me? The logic that our twisted, fallen, human minds will turn to is incredible! The parents made a decision to keep the child’s sex secret and they “want Pop to grow up more freely” to avoid being forced into a specific gender? What?
That their decision is rooted in feminist philosophy is not surprising. That some one, a couple, would actual conspire [pardon the negative, but appropriate, connotations of the word] to keep the child’s sex a secret to promote that philosophy is demented. What is cruel is their complicit ignorance in how to raise a child. A child has no way of approving of their parents decision (see the last quote below for a typically twisted Leftist logic).
Some “experts” weigh in on the matter:
“Child-rearing should not be about providing an opportunity to prove an ideological point, but about responding to each child’s needs as an individual,” [Susan] Pinker [psychologist and newspaper columnist from Toronto, Canada] tells The Local.
“If the parents are doing this because they want to create a discussion with other adults about why gender is important, then I think they can make a point of it,” [Swedish gender equality consultant Kristina] Henkel says in a telephone interview with The Local.
“We don’t know exactly what determines sexual identity, but it’s not only sexual upbringing,” says [pediatric endocrinologist, Anna] Nordenström. “Gender-typical behaviour, sexual preferences and sexual identity usually go together. There are hormonal and other influences that we don’t know that will determine the gender of the child.”
But Swedish gender equality consultant Kristina Henkel says Pop’s parents’ experiment might have positive results.
Again I say, What?
Okay, at least they found some one who disagreed with the parents misguided approach to child rearing. And Pinker makes a good point too often lost on the childish parents of today’s hip culture: child-rearing isn’t about them, it’s about the kids! I suppose you could argue that these “enlightened” individuals are just trail-blazing the feminist theory of gender-as-a-social-construct for the rest of the lucky ones to follow, but I find it very hard to believe that the last 4,000 years (or more) of child bearing and child rearing have had no similar insights to offer (of if there were, the experiments were a failure).
Henkel’s laudatory views are equally self-absorbed, infantile and absurd. If the parents are doing this because they want to create a discussion with other adults then they are not really focusing on the right things about raising a child: the child. Thank goodness Sweden has a gender equality consultant.
As for the pediatric endocrinologist, she says that she (or the world at large, I suppose) doesn’t know exactly what determines sexual identity. Uh, how about the sex of the child? I’m no anatomist or phsycologist, but I’m pretty sure the sexual identity of a child is determined by the sex of the child. Call me a fringe thinker.
But with a second child on the way, Pop’s parents have no plans to change what they see as a winning formula. As for Pop, they say they will only reveal the child’s sex when Pop thinks it’s time.
A winning formula? So, the parents foist their twisted philos0phies of “sexual identity” on their new born child, but they are going to let him/her determine when it’s time to reveal his/her sex? Where are the adults in this relationship? Apparently, they are willing to wait for their child to grow up and start making decisions for them.
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