Plan to re-write entire Oxford dictionary: “We’re starting with the pronouns.“
A couple are refusing to reveal the gender of their 17-month-old baby to their close family because they want to protect them from ‘unconscious gender bias’.
Mother Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and father Jake England-Johns, 35, both of whom are circus performers – portraying themselves as androgynous clowns both on and off the clock, live on a houseboat in Keynsham, near Bath, England. They said they are currently dressing 17-month-old Anoush in both boys and girls clothes and, “We’re not trying to make them be anything. Except of course we want them to be a vegetarian and to be accepting of all beliefs . . . except Christianity. But that’s about it.”
The married couple, both members of the Extinction Rebellion climate action group, are also asking friends and family to address the toddler using the gender-neutral pronouns, ‘they’ and ‘them’. Hobbit – so named because of his/her/they/their/them furry feet since infancy – remarked that being so vaguely named allowed her to explore her own species as well as gender, “It was so liberating to not even be tied to an actual universe; mythical creatures are so enlightened.”
Grandma, with no medical training makes diagnosis.
One of the child’s grandparents said they only found out the baby’s gender after 11 months, when changing a diaper. “We were livid. Mum let the cats out of the bag. But we’re not telling Anoush. They just thought they were bath toys.” “We’re just letting Anoush be a baby. He is the most lovely little human. Oops, I mean creature.” Hobbit added with a blush.