.... You have ginger hair, you wear glasses, you have braces on your teeth.
Whether we like it or not, there is no getting away from the fact that children can be cruel with any perceived differences seen as fair game, a reason to bully.
Once upon a time coming from a one-parent family marked you as different, then with rise of the so-called celebs came the wacky names - Morrocan, Kal-El, Pilot Inspektor being just three of the top 10 wacky celebrity baby names according to one website (click HERE for the other seven).
But its not wacky names that have got shaking my head in puzzlement today, no, its the parents of Storm the 'genderless' baby that has got me wondering.
Genderless baby? Surely you must have seen some kind of media coverage.
Storm has been given the title of genderless not because of a medical condition whereby they are of unspecified gender but because his/her parents have chosen not to let anyone in on the secret that is their baby's sex - nope, depending on which newspaper you read,its not even clear if Storm's grandparents know whether their grandchild is a boy or a girl.
Ok, so up to a point I can why a child's gender could be viewed as a hindrance - all of that business of blue for boys and pink for girls, dollies for Paula and construction kits for Paul BUT surely this is taking it all a bit far.
Going back to my earlier statement that children can perceive any differences as a reason to bully, it has already been reported that Storm's two older brothers who are also being raised to be 'gender creative' are often mistaken as girls (we are informed they often choose to wear pink feather boas and dresses)with other children refusing to play with 'it'.
Then of course there's the fact that at some stage or other what's 'down below' often becomes of huge interest with children agreeing 'I'll show you mine if you show me yours'. Can you just imagine how much more interest will be shown in what this poor child has 'down below'?
So, believing their children 'can make choices to be whoever they want to be' are these parents right to give their children the opportunity to do so OR are they conducting some kind of social experiment as some experts argue? It's over to you......
Lilly of The Lilly Pad who, amongst other things, has this to say on the matter
Storms older brothers often get told to act more like boys and to change their appearance. They probably get teased and bullied by the way they choose to look, just because it's different than what people want them to look like. I hope they keep their own styles, and if they change it, that they change it because they want to, and not because of what other people say. At the same time, I hope they don't get any problems later in life because of other people's comments. - Click HERE to see the rest of the post.