Genderless Preschool in Sweden



From an early age most boys learn that they are “should” play with trucks, love blue and play baseball. Girls are taught to play with dolls, love pink and play house. However more and more parents are educators are experimenting with raising children “genderless” such as the Canadian parents who would not reveal the gender of their baby. Now this preschool in Sweden  leaves gender roles up to the kids. What do you think? Should children be raised “genderless?”
At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys.

From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes.

"Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing," says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. "Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be."

The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden's efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward.

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It's probably worthwhile to mention that there is a difference between gender and sex: gender is a socially constructed concept, whereas sex is a physical reality. Having a vagina may mean that women are statistically less competent when it comes to solving problems involving spacial relations than their male counterparts, it does not mean that they have to be submissive, emotional, illogical, domestic, or have any other traits that society attributes to women.

So at this point it's probably self-evident that I support the idea behind this preschool and hope that it provides promising results.
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