I’m sure most of you are aware of the fauxtreversy surrounding Canadian couple’s decision to keep the phenotypical sex of their child Storm a secret. From the BBC:
Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have been widely criticised for imposing their ideology on four-month-old Storm.
The family were the subject of a recent profile in the Toronto Star newspaper.
In an e-mail, Ms Witterick wrote that the idea that “the whole world must know what is between the baby’s legs is unhealthy, unsafe, and voyeuristic”.
Indeed. What I find amusing is that first line – imposing their ideology – a phrase that only makes sense if you imagine a baby being perverted, diverted from an otherwise “natural” path of gender-normative, cis het development.
Sorry, is this not what the media response to this non-story has been? Cissexist binarism is an ideology too, it’s just a dominant one, one that is imposed on every subject so ruthlessly that the mere mention of two parents opting out provokes a mixture of concern trolling and outright fury.
Isn’t it ironic? Yeah, I really do think.
(Arwyn has a good post about this that does not mostly consist of Alanis references)