Wednesday, May 25, 2011

If Only They Kept the Name Secret Too

By now you've seen this story about the Canadian parents who are keeping the gender of their baby secret — at least, until the child is ready to reveal it to the world themselves. The baby is named Storm.

Baby Storm (right), with older brother Jazz (Photo credit: Toronto Star).
From the article in the Toronto Star:
When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: “We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...).”
I can understand the value of downplaying gender roles, though this seems a bit like a publicity stunt for attention-hungry parents (and I say that as someone with a parenting blog).

Mainly, I wonder about the names of their kids: Storm (four months), Kio (2 years) and Jazz (5 years).

Regardless of gender, those names are pretty much going to limit them to two jobs: (a.) exotic dancer (b.) American Gladiator.

(The fact that American Gladiator was canceled — and probably doesn't take Canadians anyway — is an extra hurdle.)

If the parents are basketball fans, that might give a clue as to the child's gender. The Jazz is an NBA team: male. Storm is a WNBA team: female.

Did I crack the code?