Elon Musk and Grimes to raise X Æ A-12 as a gender-neutral

The two want their child to develop an identity outside of perceived social norms.

Entertainment Desk May 10, 2020

On May 5, Grimes and Elon Musk welcomed their first child, X Æ A-12, into the world.

The internet jumped to speculations about the meaning and pronunciation of the symbol-heavy name, which lends itself to Grimes' and Musk's planned gender-neutral parenting style, reported the Insider.

"I don't want to gender them in case that's not how they feel in their life," Grimes previously said during a YouTube live stream.

Gender-neutral parenting, or raising a child without assigning them labels of a male or female, or making them buy gender-specific clothes, toys, or other cues is still a fairly new concept.

But like Grimes and Musk, more and more parent are adopting a similar parenting style. The are allowing their children to develop identities outside of perceived social norms.

Social norms have created a world where we assume a person's gender based on their outward appearance. But gender isn't static and isn't necessarily appearance-based, according to the outlet.

It's rooted in characteristics society has decided are for women or men, like wearing makeup, preferring certain types of clothes, or having a certain type of voice.

People use these characteristics to assume gender, but that doesn't mean they match a person's gender identity.

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