At her recent baby shower, Meghan Markle told friends that she and Prince Harry plan to raise their child as “gender fluid” and won’t “impose stereotypes” on it. How modern.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not publicized what the sex of their child will be, according to Vanity Fair magazine, rumors are that it’s a boy. And, being the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, their child will be born as either a Prince or a Princess of Sussex. Is there a gender neutral term to denote royalty? Something that tells people straightaway that one is not a boy or a girl, but that one is royal?
Apparently, the gender fluid approach to child-rearing has grown in popularity among millennials. Maybe I ought to find out exactly what “gender fluid” means. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as: “of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is not fixed.” Huh?
Wikipedia tells me “a person who is gender fluid prefers to remain flexible about their gender identity rather than committing to a single gender. They may fluctuate between genders or express multiple genders at the same time.”
I’d better consult the Urban Dictionary.
Gender Fluid is a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl. A person who is Gender Fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more boy some days, and more girl other days.
Being Gender Fluid has nothing to do with which set of genitalia one has, nor their sexual orientation.
Now, I understand.
I’ve heard that the Queen is quite fond of Meghan which will be helpful for when she and Harry introduce their newborn “theybe” to her. Let’s imagine what that might look like.
“It’s a dynamic mix between a boy and a girl Grandmother. We want to raise our child without any gender stereotyping. We would never want to impose limits on it.”
“Oh, my. Philip, please fix me a Gin and Dubonnet.”
“Grandmother, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, children raised as gender-fluid have access to more opportunities.”
“Grandmother, try to understand. Our theybe can remain flexible about their gender identity rather than committing to a single gender. They can fluctuate between genders or even express multiple genders at the same time.”
“Philip, make it a martini.”
Oh, I do hope she’ll understand eventually.