A Canadian couple's decision to keep the sex of their 4-month-old baby a secret as part of an attempt to raise a "genderless child" has sparked controversy.
Kathy Witterick, 38, and David Stocker, 39, are raising their third child, Storm, to be free of societal norms regarding gender.
AdvertisementWhen Storm was born four months ago, they sent an e-mail to friends and family reading: "We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now - a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place?)", reports the Mirror.
Their older children, Jazz and Kio, already decide when to cut their hair and pick out their own clothes - from the boy and girl sections of stores.
Five-year-old Jazz also wears his hair long, in three braids - two at the front and one at the back.
But after Jazz - who is often mistaken for a girl - suffered an "intense" time over his appearance, they decided to raise Storm as "genderless".
David, who has been blasted by child psychologists, said: "If you really want to get to know someone, you don't ask what's between their legs."