A Canadian couple named Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have decided to raise their child without gender. – by Jennifer Fulwiler Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Witterick explains: “In fact, in not telling the gender of my precious baby, I am saying to the world, ‘Please can you just let Storm discover for him/herself what s (he) wants to be?’” The couple claims that this sort of thing is working out well for their older children, Jazz and Kio:

Jazz—soft-spoken, with a slight frame and curious brown eyes—keeps his hair long, preferring to wear it in three braids, two in the front and one in the back, even though both his parents have close-cropped hair. His favorite colour is pink, although his parents don’t own a piece of pink clothing between them. He loves to paint his fingernails and wears a sparkly pink stud in one ear, despite the fact his parents wear no nail polish or jewelry.

Kio keeps his curly blond hair just below his chin. The 2-year-old loves purple, although he’s happiest in any kind of pyjama pants.

“As a result, Jazz and now Kio are almost exclusively assumed to be girls,” says Stocker, adding he and Witterick don’t out them. It’s the boys’ choice whether they want to offer a correction.

If biology truly means nothing, then perhaps another set of parents could let their child choose his own species, not confining him to the narrow label “homo sapiens” but giving him the freedom to explore whether he is a dog or a cat or a mollusk. It’s interesting that most people would still recognize that as nonsensical, yet when it comes to whether a person has XX or XY chromosomes, there’s this push to pretend like its irrelevant. We’ve become so disconnected from the meaning of human sexuality that we’ve come to think of male and female sexual organs as nothing more than arbitrary ways people experience pleasure, and “gender” as nothing more than a social construct.

This is why I think it’s only a matter of time until the world sees vast numbers of people bursting down the doors of the Catholic Church, begging to convert as soon as possible. The Witterick-Stocker family is doing nothing more than taking a common element of a standard secular worldview—that gender is a social construct—and carrying it to its logical conclusion. As more and more people live out the “truths” that modern society has come to embrace, at some point we’re going to jump the shark. We’re already pretty close to that point by virtue of the fact that we’re having a serious debate in the public square about whether it makes sense to let toddlers choose their own gender; if this kind of thing goes on much longer, it won’t be hard for the average truth-seeking person to recognize the Catholic Church as the last bastion of sanity in the middle of a crazy world, the one institution that has been proclaiming timeless truths for two thousand years and continues to do so today—starting with the fact that you can’t choose whether you’re a boy or a girl.

Magyar Kurír (mk)

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