Two-year-old, Utah-born, toddler Zoomer is a theyby.
Zoomer has a crop of delightfully overgrown, blonde hair, really enjoys ice cream and likes playing with toy trucks and getting a manicure in equal measure; all aspects which shouldn’t be determined by the child’s sex.
The idea behind the concept is that gender is socially constructed, whereas the sex of a person is biologically determined.
Zoomer’s mum, Kyl Myer, argues that this prevents people asserting gendered beliefs onto their child. On her blog Raising Zoomer, she says this allows a “stereotype-free early childhood.”
“The sex does not tell us anything about the child’s personality, temperament, favourite colour, dietary preferences, sense of humour, attitudes toward climate change, or any of their other unique traits,” she writes.
“Just like the fact they have two arms doesn’t tell us anything else about them, except they have two arms.”
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Documenting this process on their Instagram (@raisingzoomer) and blog, parents Kyl and and Brent use they/them/their pronouns when introducing Zoomer, and “don’t disclose their sex to people who don’t need to know.”
Something that albeit can get political when it comes to barring grandparents from bath time.
“We didn’t assign a gender to Zoomer,” Kyl wrote in a caption on their Instagram.