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The unrealistic and well-intentioned mistake of gender neutral parenting

Boys in blue, girl with a pink shirt.
Boys in blue, girl with a pink shirt.

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  • Jason Bengs 5 years ago

    Good thoughts Andy, I think it humorous that it is called gender neutral yet the gender specific pronouns are still used. Doesn't that take care of any neutrality that is attempted?

  • Stephen Francis (TCU Horned Frogs Examiner) 5 years ago

    Andy,

    Good stuff here. It reminds me of a parent I knew growing up. In a similar sense, they didn't want their kids growing up around any violence of any kind so they strictly screened movies/video games/tv shows/etc. and home schooled the kids.

    Somehow though, one of the boys, when he found an L-shaped stick outside grabbed it, and yelled "look Mommy, I've got a gun!" and proceeded to use it as if he was wielding a 44.

    Another example -- my daughter, who was never forced to like/wear pink, almost instinctively wants nothing to do with anything that isn't pink or purple.

    It's like your closing statement there -- boys will be boys and girls will be girls.

    -- Stephen

  • Andy Simpson-Denton Fatherhood Examiner 5 years ago

    Stephen, I have seen a lot of that in my son, making everything into a gun and digging in every dirt pile in sight. I agree, it's just in their DNA.

    Jason, it's definitely a well-intentioned, but maybe not a well-thought out movement.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    Girls have pink genes!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Complete rubbish. Most people conform to gender norms, so promoting gender nonconformity as acceptable is "completely unrealistic?"

    Replace gender nonconformity with any other form of minority group and the tone is no less awful than blatant racism. Religion, race, sexual orientation. Thick bias is thick.

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