A couple are raising their son as neither a boy nor a girl in the hope of steering him away from ‘lad culture’ and treating women badly.
Two year-old Max wears both boys and girls’ clothes and plays with male and female toys.
When their son pretends to breast feed his doll – they see it as a form of self-expression.
As well as playing with toy cars, planes and dinosaurs, Max is proud owner of his own dolls and toy pushchair.
He is encouraged by mum Lisa Price, 23, to wear dresses as well as dungarees.
Max also enjoys having his tiny nails painted with his favourite glittery nail polish and having butterfly clips put into his hair.
Unconventional parents Lisa and Martin are not worried by the controversial parenting style.
In fact, they are confident their son will become a “better man and husband”.
It is thought the parents are amongst the first in Britain to shun conventional parenting methods for the radical technique.
After researching rape culture, Lisa, from Walsall, came to the conclusion that gender stereotypes were to blame for sexual aggression.
Her findings convinced her that raising Max as gender-neutral would give him a better grounding in life.
She believes by raising him genderless, Max will be saved from a misogynistic existence and gain a deeper understanding of women.
The stay-at-home mum, said: “Enforcing gender stereotypes can be damaging. They teach little boys to be aggressive and dominant over women.
“There’s research that’s saying that the whole boys will be boys thing basically teaches lads that it’s OK to be a certain way because it’s in their nature to be aggressive and sexually aggressive.
“It’s detrimental for them and for females.
“The things that are coming out now like Jimmy Savile and everything, I don’t want him to turn into that kind of person.
“I don’t want to put him in a certain box and treat him that way. I want to teach him to be whatever he wants to be.
“I love him no matter what as long as he’s not hurting anyone.”
His parents encourage Max to choose his own clothes, and the toddler often combines a mix of conventionally ‘male’ and ‘female’ attire.
Lisa said: “If he wants to wear a tutu and fairy wings he can wear it and he’s just expressing himself.”
Max gets hand me downs from half sister Mia, seven, and has recently been given her pink duffle coat that “he’s had his eyes on for ages”.
His favourite clothes include a pinafore dress emblazoned in pink flamingos, his pink tutu and some Tatty Teddy leggings.
Dad Martin, 34, is supportive of his wife’s decision, and revealed that he even played with a doll himself as a child.
The unemployed courier, who has two children from a previous relationship, said: “If he wanted to wear a dress let him wear a dress.
“My parents told me that I played with my sister’s dolls as a child and it doesn’t bother me.
“I can’t see why it would bother anyone.”
The couple admit people stare when Max is out with them and he is wearing girls’ clothes.
But Lisa refuses to rise to the ignorance.
She added: “I know some people will think that he will turn out gay, but so what if he does?”
“It doesn’t matter if he’s homosexual, bisexual, transsexual or asexual as far as I’m concerned.
“I’ll let my children decide for themselves who they want to be.”