Published on January 21st, 2012 | by Wild Gender3
Why is everybody so upset about Sasha?
Three hours ago news broke that a UK couple who had been raising their child as gender-neutral (under the watchful eye of the Daily Mail and other British tabloids) has begun identifying their child, Sasha, as “he” in order to help him transition to primary school. Sasha is five-years-old.
His parents, Beck Laxton, 46, and Kieran Cooper, 44, stirred up outrage and accusations that they were “turning their child into a freak,” by raising Sasha without the gender binary until age five, according to the Daily Mail.
“I wanted to avoid all that stereotyping,” Miss Laxton explained to the tabloid about her decision. “Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes?”
“Gender affects what children wear and what they can play with, and that shapes the kind of person they become. I start to get cross with it if it skews their potential,” she continued.
Major media sources are literally in an uproar tonight over the news of the supposed “gender reveal.” Articles are quoting a bevy of doctors and psychologists who disagree with the idea of gender-neutral parenting, calling it “misguided” and “unfortunate.” Sasha’s story in particular has spawned several nasty YouTube videos from dissenters. Some that nearly reduced Wild Gender editors to tears (like the one below).
The fear of gender-non-confromity is loud in all these voices. Why is everybody so scared? Particularly this cisman in a Baltimore Ravens jersey…