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The joys and complications of raising a baby without gender in a binary world

Like many new parents, Hobbit Humphrey and Jake England-Johns are raising their baby with a combination of love and anxiety. However, in attempting to give their child – Anoush – the best life they can, they’ve made one unconventional choice: raising them gender-neutral until Anoush is old enough to choose their own identity. This means gender-neutral pronouns, clothes and toys of every kind and colour, and, most challenging, keeping their baby’s sex a secret from everyone, grandparents included. The UK director Louisa Rechenbach matches the couple’s gentle spirit with thoughtful filmmaking, capturing them discussing their parenting philosophy as they prepare for Anoush’s first birthday party. While serious about their decision, they are far from strident, acknowledging that there are difficulties – often in the form of ‘the discomfort of strangers’ – and recognising that, when trying to decide what’s best for a child, no parent gets it right 100 per cent of the time.

Via Girls in Film

19 September 2022
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