British parents Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper made the decision five years ago to raise their son Sasha Laxton gender neutral, only telling a couple of close friends the child’s real sex, because they think “stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid”. A snippet about the very unique living situation from Time:
Sasha’s unique upbringing went beyond language. His bedroom was painted yellow, he was encouraged to play with all types of toys, including dolls, and he wore whatever hand-me-downs fit him, whether they were his older stepbrother’s or his older stepsister’s. While around the house, Sasha was even known to dress up in a tutu and wings or a pink two-piece swimsuit. His mother said that she saw no problem with the whole thing, pointing out that, “We don’t make Sasha go out in girls’ clothes. We are not forcing it.”
The parents say they have only revealed Sasha’s sex to the media who picked up on this story because he’s now about to attend school.
Listen to the ladies of The View talk about another Canadian child whose parents were trying to raise them gender neutral. Some are saying this is child abuse, is it?