For anyone who's ever been enrolled in an undergraduate Psychology course, the famous "Baby X Experiment" will probably ring a bell.
This is a fictional tale that appeared in Ms. Magazine in 1975 in which the sexual identity of an infant is kept hidden for the first few years of life and the surprising results.
In my gender-neutral inspired youth, my eldest daughter wore denim overalls most everyday of her first year. No worries - she suffered no lasting marks upon her psyche.
The ensuing years brought me jam-packed days and monumental life experiences.
I haven't changed all that much; merely softened the edges.
While touring a listing recently, the man said "space" and the woman said "pretty." It brought back the whole "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" 1990"s phenomenon.
No matter the cause, there will forever be differences between the sexes.
These days, I, not only, acknowledge but, embrace, the myriad views. I prefer to see them as complimentary rather than opposing.
The fact that men and women have different priorities while searching for the perfect home only serves to provide a complete picture.
In a former career with the government, I spent a couple of years as Diversity Awareness project manager. I have a true appreciation of what everyone can bring to the table.
But now back to Baby X - with no pre-determined gender role, that child could bake and get dirty climbing trees. Now, that's the world I am happy to live in!