Please see below for your assignment based on Chapter 11. You are to respond to one of the questions from the list based on the information presented below.
If gender is a social construction, as we have argued in this text, should boys and girls be raised differently? Do gender expectations limit the free development of children and force them to conform to roles that may be contrary to their needs, talents, and potentials? Aren’t gender roles a form of oppression, as illustrated by the Narrative Portrait of Leslie Feinberg in Chapter 11?
These are not merely rhetorical questions. In 2011, a Canadian couple – Kathy Witterick and David Stocker – told their family and friends that they would not reveal the sex of Storm, their newborn baby. They wanted to raise their child “gender neutral” and avoid the classifications and expectations characteristically attached to little girls and boys.
They were already attempting to limit the power of gender expectations on their two older boys by, for example, allowing them to freely choose their activities, their hairstyles, and even their dress. They wanted to let their children choose their own gender expressions, a freedom that Feinberg would have greatly appreciated.
With their third child, Storm, they were taking another step away from gender conventions, going well beyond notions of androgyny, by not revealing the sex of their newborn to anyone, not even to the grandparents. Could this experiment in gender freedom succeed?
The selections for this debate begin with an overview of the issues and an analysis of the “end of gender” written by reporter Linton Weeks of National Public Radio. Then, we meet Storm’s parents and learn about their viewpoint in a newspaper interview published in The Toronto Star in 2011 and in an update on the story from 2013. Next we consider a generally critical reaction to Storm’s parents from a story in The Globe and Mail and a generally supportive reaction from feminist blogger Megan Karius.
The Overview from Weeks of NPR
To access this selection, go to
The Interview with the Parents
To access the interview, go to http://www.thestar.com/life/parent/2011/05/21/parents_keep_childs_gender_secret.html
To access the update, go to
To access the story from The Globe and Mail, go to
A Statement of Support
To access the blog entry from Karious, go to
Answer all questions to the best of your ability
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