Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Addition to my Shit List.

I am sure this is going to make me seem bigoted and narrow-minded, but for some reason this really infuriated me when I read it.

Listen, I am all for gender equality and all that shit, but this couple should probably have been sterilized before they had the chance to ruin this kid's life. 

Couple Finally Reveals Child's Gender, Five Years After Birth
It's a boy! And he's five. Beck Laxton, 46, and partner Kieran Cooper, 44, have spent half the decade concealing the gender of their son, Sasha.
"I wanted to avoid all that stereotyping," Laxton said in an interview with the Cambridge News. "Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes?"
Laxton, a UK-based web editor, and her partner, Cooper, decided to keep Sasha's sex a secret when he was still in the womb. The birth announcement stated the name of the gender-neutral name of their child, but skipped the big reveal. Up until recently, the couple only told a few close friends and family members that Sasha was a boy and managed to keep the rest of the world in the dark. But now that he's starting school the secret's out."
(courtesy Yahoo! News)

Sasha better get used to that attitude...


There are about a thousand things wrong with this but I will start with some of the most obvious:

First I want to answer this asshole's question about why you would want to assign someone a gender or ("slot people into boxes").  Here it is:  Because I am pretty sure that throughout the history of the earth, this system has seemed to work pretty well for nature FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS.  There are boy bees and girl bees, and they have different tendencies.  There are even male and female parts on plants.  Who the fuck are you to thwart your little experiment in defying nature on some innocent kid who just wants to be a kid? 

Do I understand that the way we act and the things we do in life are sometimes dictated by our genders?  Yes.  Do I know that some people feel that they are not made to be the gender their sexy parts tell them to be?  Yes, and I have seen that first hand.  Do I agree that the male and female roles are something that is entirely based on a man-made construct? Well, mostly.

You see, although I know that much of gender is psychological, I also realize that men and women are physically different.  Not just because of their puzzle pieces but also because of hormones, brain construct, muscle and fat distribution and a myriad of other traits that have been more or less consistent throughout the history of the species.  It is true that there are many exceptions to this and it is true (to a point) that we are all individuals and genetically have an endless array of variations.  But I can acknowledge that perhaps the roles reflect the inherent strengths and weakness of each sex.  No matter how bad Ben wants it, he will never carry a baby (and have all the hormonal and emotional havoc associated with it) and no matter how hard I try, I will never thoughtlessly leave my socks in random places because that's where I needed to take them off at that moment.

Hey, it makes him feel beautiful, okay?

But to me, it seems there is something more questionable about this.  These parents are not celebrities.  Beck is a web editor and apparently Kiernan is a stay at home parent who likes to think of fun ways to force children into a lifetime of therapy.  That being said, who the hell is this "rest of the world" that they care enough to "conceal" his gender from?  Sasha?  The mailman?  The pedophile down the street?  It stands to reason that perhaps they were just looking for their 15 minutes (5 years) of fame because who the fuck cares about your kid and what genitals it has?  We aren't talking about simply giving a kid all the gender-neutral options here.  We are talking about purposely refusing to tell anyone (I am assuming the kid as well, because 3 year olds CANNOT keep a secret) because they have some bizarre fetish with androgeny.
But there's more to this story:

For years, Becks has been referring to her child, the youngest of three, as "the infant" on her personal blog. But guarding the public from her son's gender was only part of her quest to let her kid just be a kid.

Sasha dresses in clothes he likes -- be it a hand-me-downs from his sister or his brother. The big no-no's are hyper-masculine outfits like skull-print shirts. In one photo, sent to friends and family, Sasha's dressed in a shiny pink girl's swimsuit. "Children like sparkly things," says Beck. "And if someone thought Sasha was a girl because he was wearing a pink swimming costume, then what effect would that have? "
Ooooooh I can't WAIT to go and link over to her blog! I bet it is filled with all kinds of fun stories about the dog really wanting to play with catnip and the cat trying to fly like a bird.

Sasha can only dress in clothes he likes if those clothes are either gender-neutral or super girly.  No cargo pants (even though they make them for women) and no skulls or "masculine" things?  But sparkly skirts?  YES!  WONDERFUL!  That seems a little shady to me.  As if they are trying to force the issue that he select opposite-gender things.  What if he really LOVED skulls and lightening bolts and monsters?  I bet that would be a HUGE dissappointment to these dicks.

A big ass is not the kind of "cargo" these
pants are made for.

But there is something else. There are more kids in the house...who know what parts they have. So although little Sasha probably is too little to be aware of what ass hats his parents are, the older children have been in school and have likely been sworn to secrecy by their parents and been harrassed and teased for the he/she brother/sister they have. And kids LOVE having to lie and keep secrets from their friends. Nothing could be more fun for a kid than to have a dark secret to keep.

Sasha's also not short on dolls, though Barbie is also off limits. "She's banned because she's horrible," Laxton says in Cambridge interview.

On a macro level she hopes her son sets an example for other parents and makes them reconsider buying their sons trucks or forcing their daughters into tights. She's seen how those consumer trappings affect how and who kids play with in the sandbox.

Ohhhhhh. BARBIE is horrible. She may have porno boobs and weird feet, but at least she isn't running a social experiment on her kids.



And I believe that her dreams of setting an example is lost on me. I am pretty sure that you can just tell people "she is a girl" but still allow her to dress and play however the hell she wants.   Or you could just do what other parents do and name your kid something totally unisex like Pat or Terry or Beck or Kiernan.  

My point is that there are plenty of ways to encourage a kid to like and do non-gender specific things without sending him/her out into the world totally unprepared for the very realistic and extremely likely possibility that he WILL be put into a hundred different categories throughout his life and people WILL have different expectations of him based on those things.  Boo hoo hoo.  That's the way it is.

But the sandbox is just a precursor to the classroom. When Sasha turned five and headed to school, Laxton was forced to make her son's sex public. That meant Sasha would have to get used to being a boy in the eyes of his peers. Still, his mom is intervening. While the school requires different uniforms for boys and girls, Sasha wears a girl's blouse with his pants. (emphasis mine)


Oh Jesus Christ.  I am going to go see if anyone has set up a place to send donations for this kid's lifetime of therapy costs.

Read the full article here:

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/couple-finally-reveals-childs-gender-five-years-birth-180300388.html

11 comments:

  1. Bravo! Bravo! My thoughts exactly. I was quite appalled when I first heard of this but then it takes place in England and the Socialist Progressives have been taking over there for many years now.

    The Vintage Recipe Blog

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  2. AAAAAAGGGHHHH!
    "We like him in gender neutral clothes, like tutus and sparkly things." It's like if he doesn't turn out to be a transgendered, cross dressing, hair dresser, they will be so disappointed. Oh wait, I thought they were letting their child choose it's own path. NOT! They're choosing for HIM! If he wants to join the Army or anything, heaven forbid he turn in to a MALE.
    And what ilks me, is they didn't reveal to the grandparents the secret either. My mom would be hurt if other friends or family knew and she didn't.
    Goes in my AYFKM? file, but you've said it so well, so I won't bother.

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  3. The woman is a walking contradiction. He can play with dolls but not Barbie. He can wear whatever he wants but not cargo pants or items depicting crossbone and skulls. He can do anything he wants, as long as it's also what she wants.

    She isn't being open minded, she isn't being fair, (why didn't she do the same for the other children?)she's being a dick.
    By imposing what she feels her child should be, she's actually limiting him to who he may eventually be.

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  4. Ms. Frugalista: I just figured out what AYFKM means...Sometimes I am a little slow.

    And Lily: For some reason, I couldn't sum it up as perfectly as you did in 2 short paragraphs. I tend to be a little...long-winded (or whatever the blogging equivalent is).

    :-)

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  5. I too have the AYFKM rolling off my tounge right now. Double standards, hypocrite and I agree, I honestly think this was about fame not personal gain.

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  6. Are these parents lesbiams or something? And how is glitter nuetral anyway? What a couple of nut jobs! As if this world isn't screwed up enough!

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  7. I am sure I made plenty of mistakes in parenthood, but I never used my children as experiments. Well....unless you count making them try my failed recipes??

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  8. Thank you for writing what most of us are thinking. Those parents are an utter & complete waste of oxygen, and that boy will be in therapy by the time he is an adolescent.

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  9. SO AWESOME!!! Seriously, you go, girl. This was passionate AND convincing, you brought up some excellent points and made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, these ass bags don't have the intelligence or empathy to get how badly they're setting up their child. Please link to her blog! PLEASE!!!

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  10. I just went to her blog and left a comment, along with a link to your kick ass post.

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  11. Let me share a story. When I was in 2nd grade, I wanted a pixie haircut. The salon ruined it, and it turned out like a boy's bowl cut. I was constantly asked if I was a boy or a girl for half the school year, and it was incredibly awkward. I feel bad for this kid.

    -Chimpo

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