- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 11:24AM
A couple in the US has made the decision to not tell people the gender of their two-year-old child, as part of an effort to bring them up in a gender-neutral environment.
Kyl and Brent Myer are part of the Gender Creative Parenting movement and instead of referring to their toddler Zoomer as a girl or a boy, the child is referred to as a "theyby".
The couple uses the pronouns of 'they', 'them' and 'their' when talking about Zoomer and no one outside of their immediate family knows the toddler's sex.
In her blog Raising Zoomer, Kyl said: "The sex does not tell us anything about the child's personality, temperament, favourite colour, dietary preferences, sense of humour, attitudes toward climate change, or any of their other unique traits.
"Just like the fact they have two arms doesn't tell us anything else about them, except they have two arms."
Instead, they are letting Zoomer choose their gender, which Kyl expects will likely happen by the time they are three or four.
But their decision has been met with major criticism online.
"Better start saving for a good shrink now, your kid is going to need it soon. Seriously you should be charged with child endangerment," wrote one social media user.
Another said: "Poor kid will be so confused and resentful when he/she grows up."
A third simply wrote: "I see a lot of therapy in Zoomer's future."
"That poor kid will end up with a whole slew of mental issues and all because the loving parents are so much more in love with their dogmatic ideas than their child," said another.
However, others supported the parents' decision.
"Omg there's so much hate on here. They are amazing parents and I think their child is very lucky," said one supportive follower.
"I love everything about this. Zoomer is so lucky to have you," added another.
What are your thoughts?