People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy has said he and his partner plan to raise their new baby gender neutral.
The new dad announced the arrival of his first child with partner Jess last month, who they have named Juniper.
In an interview with the Irish Times, Mr Murphy (39) explained the couple’s decision behind opting not to use gender-specific language. They had decided on the baby’s name before the birth.
“Regardless of whether it was male or female, it was going to be Juniper. I think it’s a gender neutral name,” he said.
We’re not gendering it. So, we’re not describing Juniper as a boy, we’re describing Juniper as a baby, but it is male.
“We live in a deeply sexist and gendered society which creates certain expectations for boys and certain expectations for girls. And those things are changing in a positive direction, but there’s a very, very long way to go.”
I may be very old-fashioned and unwise, but I can not get my head around the whole gender neutral and gender neutral pronouns debate.
I am male. I am a gay male. I have never wanted to be anything but male. I am 100% attracted to males. I have absolutely no sexual attraction to females.
But I have no problems with females. I grew up six sisters. I’ve always had close female friends.
I find some females very attractive in various ways – in appearance, emotionally, etc.
I was reared as a boy, a male. I would not have wanted it any other way.
For various reasons, I found childhood and puberty quite painful and challenging. Being sexually abused at 6 complicated it all further.
Growing up gay in “Suicide Bomber Catholic Ireland” with all its guiltriddeness and denunciation was very hard.
Being brainwashed in RC schools and seminaries deepened the fog of confusion.
But I never wanted to be a “Juniper”. That might have very well sent me over the edge.
I was never schizophrenic – but if people kept calling me, “THEY,” I may have become so.
I’m absolutely in favour of total acceptance and practical compassion and care for people with sexual and gender issues and dilemmas.
But this whole transgenderism movement leaves me with so many questions and suspicions.