I recently read an article by Arthur Shafer, the director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. The article centered on a family who has decided to not tell close friends and family members the gender of their baby. Now this can be a normal practice before the baby is born, but what make this practice different is the child is already born.
The reason for this practice, according to the parents, is to allow the child time to grow and develop, without a fixed gender. The rest of the article bemoaned the stereotypes in society concerning male and female identity. Some of the points were well put. For instance, we should be ashamed that we glorify men who are promiscuous, but look down on women who are. However, the bulk of the article argued against this idea of fixed gender roles and identity.