Image is a screen shot of a CNN article titled, “Boy or a girl? It’s a secret — and an international controversy” by Paula Newton. It begins like this,
Ottawa, Canada (CNN) — The name ‘Storm’ may be gender-neutral, but it is also listed as a synonym for controversy. And at just 4 months old, blond-haired, blue-eyed Storm and his Canadian family have stirred a parenting debate still brewing across continents.”
The image draws attention to the second sentence of the article where Newton immediately genders storm as a he by using the pronoun “his.”
CNN couldn’t even write two(!) sentences about this story without feeling the need to do the exact opposite of what this child’s parents want. And we don’t even know if that is the “right” gender. They guessed and picked the male gender. Nice.
If you want an example of how CNN could have handled it, look at this op-ed by Storm’s mom penned in The Vancouver Sun. Scroll to the bottom, first sentence of last paragraph. Also, if you read that whole thing and have a problem with what these parents are doing, please explain why. I don’t get the opposition or why people are so concerned about this loving, caring, thoughtful family.