A new trend has started to gain traction amongst younger parents who want to raise their children from birth as gender neutral. This comes not long after a Canadian baby was the first baby to be born and provided a birth certificate without a listed gender.
Now, more parents are being inspired by this example, and have come together to create a community of parents who want to raise “theybies” i.e. gender-neutral babies. For one soon-to-be-father who considers himself an outspoken ally of the trans-right movements, this new community of likeminded parents has helped him and his wife decide to go the theybie route for themselves.
Would I ever raise a "theybie" probably not, but good on those parents who are trying something different https://t.co/SewTbbVYJA— Evan Watkins (@EvanWatkins83) April 5, 2018
“Definitely the concept of not enforcing gender stereotypes was something that was on our radar, but we simply didn’t know or have the idea on our own to not assign the baby a gender,” he told TheCut. “It was my favorite place to go on the internet. It was just like, ‘Wow, there’s something that we can do parenting-wise that completely goes with our value system.’”
Another parent who was inspired by the story of the Canadian baby chose to raise their child, named Zoomer, as a gender-neutral theybie. She spoke to interested reporters and told them
“I had read the stories about Storm [the baby from Canada], I had seen the comments, and I just thought, I have such a different experience with the world and a different idea about gender than these people do. Sure, there are biological differences among the sexes, I get that. But once I was exposed to it, I couldn’t unsee or unlearn that gender is a social construction.”
Interestingly, you can find a whole website dedicated to the raising of Zoomer called (wait for it)… www.raisingzoomer.com/
On the site Zoomer’s mother goes through a range of topics including finding appropriate daycare, navigating official documents, and other topics on gender-creative parenting.
These same parents are all at a stage where their children are quite young, and they express the intention to follow the child’s lead when, or if, they ever show a preference for one gender over another.
Raising theyby: Why some parents are raising gender-neutral babies https://t.co/I5gj4nrw5Z— tsaloranta (@tlsaloranta) April 22, 2018
Responses have varied, with some people accusing this movement of child abuse, of over-the-top virtue signalling, and some have even compared it to joining an extreme religious cult or sect. Others, however, had spoken of how their family and friends have been supportive. Overall, we’re not sure what we think of their choices, but we now we won’t be hopping on this fad any time soon.