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Swedish Parents Attempt to Raise 'Genderless' Child

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In an attempt to steer clear of all gender stereotypes, a couple is keeping the sex of their child a secret. WTH?!

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Some couples don't want to know the sex of their child until after the kid is born. In a bizarre twist, a couple in Sweden knows the gender, but they're not telling anybody -- even though their child, whom they refer to as "Pop," recently turned 2.

"We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mold from the outset," Pop's mother told a Swedish newspaper. "It's cruel to bring a child into the world with a blue or pink stamp on their forehead."

Some might argue that it's cruel to put your kid though your own personal social experiment. But for now, Pop's days are similar to those of most toddlers. Pop wears pants and dresses and is more likely to wear neutral colors than the traditional blue or pink.

Of course, like all children, Pop will eventually get curious and start asking questions. His/her first query might be, "Mom, Dad ... you two are a little nuts, right?"


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unknown mom June 18, 2010, 5:41 AM

Wow! I think this is one of the funniest stories I have read yet. It brought back memories of Christmas presents I was buying for my neice and nephew. My neice wanted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and my nephew wanted earrings. LOL! I think it is a shame that some parents don’t let their kids be themselves whatever gender they are. My family had no problem with the fact that my neice would rather have TMT’s than baby dolls, as for my nephew wanting earrings, he was old enough to make that decision for himself. I never told my son he couldn’t play with baby dolls when he was litte, but he never really had much of an interest in them. Same with my daughter. When she was little she wanted baby dolls she could have had hotwheels if she wanted them, but she just wasn’t that interested in them. Later in life my daughter decided she wanted to ride dirt bikes. She wrecked one afternoon and we reacted the same way we would react when our son wrecks on his dirt bike. If they injury was not severe we incourage them to get up and continue on. It’s not about the fact that she is a girl and she needs more attention for her boo-boo’s than our son does. My son loves to dance, does this make him gay? No it brodens his horizons for the beauty of movement to music. My daughter is a cheerleader and my son is a football player. If my son said he wanted to cheer, I would let him. If my daughter wanted to play football, I would let her, but they just don’t have that interest. Why not let your child decide for themselves what they are interested in and nurture that. I do however think it is important for a child to know their gender. They need to understand that there is a difference in a male and a female. That is the way God intended it. That is why there are two genders. I used to get upset when my daughter was an infant (she was bald) and someone would ask me how old is your son, but you know I could have her dressed in pink from head to toe and I would still get that question. Incourage your kids to be who they are even if it means they are not what you may hope for them to be. Let your kids be free to express themselves, but educate them as well. Let me give you an example and then I will shut up. My daughter who is 14 is a fantastic artist. Her father is a tattoo artist and she has seen him tattoo for many years. My daughter has started tattooing. If you ask her if she wants a tattoo, she will tell you “Yeah I want one but just not yet. My body has not stopped growing yet and if I get one now it will look aweful later as my body grows.” This my friends out there is because we educated her that tattoo’s are a great way to express one’s self if one choses to, but wait till you are old enough to know what you are doing and old enough that your body is done growing. Educate your kids, don’t hold them back.

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