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Couple defends obfuscating baby’s gender

Associated Press / May 28, 2011

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TORONTO — A Canadian couple says it’s none of the world’s business to know their baby’s gender despite a firestorm of criticism over their controversial decision to keep the infant’s sex a secret.

Kathy Witterick said her 4-month-old baby, Storm, should be able to develop its own sexual identity without having to conform to social stereotypes or bow to predetermined expectations associated with gender.

Witterick, 38, and her husband, David Stocker, 39, have faced a backlash since the couple’s story first appeared in the Toronto Star last weekend. Witterick says their critics are being judgmental.

Witterick said yesterday that the idea that “the whole world must know what is between the baby’s legs is unhealthy, unsafe, and voyeuristic. We know, and we’re keeping it clean, safe, healthy, and private (not secret!).’’

Witterick said Storm has a sex which those closest to him or her acknowledge and said they don’t know yet about the baby’s color or dress preferences.

Witterick and her husband have also been criticized for the way they are raising their other two children. Jazz , 5, and Kio, 2, are well aware that they’re boys, but have been encouraged to shun gender norms and express themselves in whatever way they wish.

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