A “Perfect Storm?”

I usually limit my raves and rants to political, cultural and social issues in America but when I read about the Canadian couple who wants their baby, named “Storm,” to remain genderless, I knew I had to say something.

When I first read the story, I immediately said to myself, “are these people nuts?”  I’d never heard of such a thing but, I guess, a couple of years ago, a couple in Sweden had a child they named “Pop,” and they, too, decided to raise their child genderless.

Storm is 4 months old and only the parents, midwives, a close friend and the couple’s two sons, named Kio and Jazz, know Storm’s sex.  Their motivation in doing this is “a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a standup to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime.”  I couldn’t make this stuff up.

I find it cruel for these parents (are they called “mother” and “father” or “parent1” and “parent2” by their two sons?) to visit their bizarre progressive social engineering experiment on their child.

You have to wonder why parents would choose such a ridiculous issue which will, no doubt, have an enormous impact on their child when there are so many other pressing issues like too much television, lack of proper schools, and bullying to name just a few.  Instead, the parents believe they are giving their children the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by societal pressures.  In other words, they’re leaving it up to Storm to decide whether he or she wants to be a he or a she, without regard to genitalia or thousands of years of social norms.

Children are not blank slates.  It’s a shame these numbskulls choose to ignore scientific and biological truths.

I remember in my trial days when I would have to “qualify” a child to testify.  I had to show that the child understands the difference between a truth and a lie.  Well, in my business, many times children couldn’t tell me whether a crayon was red or blue, whether I was holding up a pen or pencil, or how old they were.  But one thing never failed.  If a little girl was on the stand, I would ask, “If I said you were a boy, would that be true or false?”  On more than one occasion, the little girl would say, “that’s a lie, I’m a girl!”

The grandparents apparently are not in on the secret.  So, what pronoun do the parents use when not using the name, “Storm”?  What do they plan to do when they start potting training Storm?  Will this charade continue until the child’s hormones start kicking in?  When the child is old enough to use a public toilet, which one will it be?  Doesn’t the Canadian health care system need to know whether Storm is a boy or girl?

Their cross-dressing son, Jazz, who has been allowed to choose his own clothing, is already getting pressure from peers and adults to adjust his image of wearing pigtails and pink dresses.  Apparently, he was old enough to attend school last year but chose to stay home because of the reaction of children and adults to his attire and hairstyle.

I like one of the comments I read, “Experiment on your own damn time, not your child’s life. They are too young to give meaningful consent … A child is not a tool you utilize for social change…”

I’d love to hear from one mental health professional who thinks this is a good idea.  In the meantime, instead of neutralizing this child’s gender, the parents should be neutered.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • JDO

    I think the expression on the baby’s face says it all: “Are you freakin’ Serious?!?”

  • chief98110

    It is hard to figure out if these two numb nut parents are serious or just looking for free publicity for a spot on some talk show. Canada’s equivalent of Child protective Services should make a quick visit to the home a see if it can save the rest of the kids before they are permanently and severely emotionally damaged.
    We will hear about the kids again after the kill and eat their parents as a result of the emotional damage done to them by these moronic parents.

  • robin in fl

    the parents are attention seeking idiots..simple as that.also i am quite sure if their child ever gets put in jail for whatever reason ,they (the child),better know what sex they are for their own well being!!

  • Terry Walbert

    Is it possible that these parents are just plain bored with changing poopy diapers and all the other humdrum things that make up what we call child raising?

  • J.L. Tharp

    I get it, the parents don’t have the courage to mutilate themselves sexually and trans-gender themselves so they have elected to psychologically, socially, and morally mutilate an innocent child.

  • http://tomsr.net/tellme TomSr

    I remember cringing when Frank Zappa gave his children ridiculous names. At least he didn’t try to hide their gender from them.

  • Ron

    I am sure Storm will figure out his or her general within a couple of years. I am surpirsed that the press would report on the story. There are a lot of weird parents out there raising their children in weird ways. It is not newsworthy. Some parents raise their children to be bigots. Didn’t the guy who just got killed by his son force the son to join white supremecists groups. The only way we could have heard about this is that the parents made some announcement. Obviously this is more about them then Storm and they got the desired result. Look at the publicity it has generated. Luckily, I doubt this will be a trend. On the other hand, the parents might believe this is the absolute best way to raise children. It seems by having the publicity, it destroys the experiment. In any event, should we wait to see the results before passing judgment?

  • David Walker

    My heart goes out to these kids. It’s hard to imagine the difficulties these parents are putting in front of them.

  • Roger Ward

    Storm, Kio and Jazz deserve better. It’s difficult enough for kids to find their way to adulthood; to do it with parents who introduce such an extreme level of needless confusion to their young lives should be criminal. Score three for those irresponsible parents …. but at what cost to society and the kids themselves? Too bad we can’t fast-forward fifteen or twenty years to show these parents the consequences of their foolish actions. I’m saying a prayer for these kids and for their futures in the real world.