No Privates: Gender In Sweden

A pre-school in Sweden has introduced a policy to eliminate gender in their curriculum. This means that they aren’t addressing the kids who attend as him or her. Instead, they will all be refered to as friends.

This seems really stupid to me. Not because elimating gender is a dumb “all encomppasing” pseudo intellectual idea, but because they refer to these kids as friends. Bullshit I say. Not all of these little runts are friends and saying that they are is making them believe it’s not right to dislike someone. But the truth is, it’s fine to dislike someone. You don’t need to begrudgingly attend birthday parties just because you get a class wide inviation to see Cars 2 and eat fruit snacks and drink warm soda from cans someones mom smuggled into the theater. Maybe you weren’t very fond of the first Cars film and don’t want to waste a saturday after noon going to the second edition of it. And the amazing thing when it comes to this line of thinking is that it probably has something to do with the gender they’re trying to eliminate in the first place. W

Fact is, boys will be more attracted to movies about talking cars and girls will we more attracted to gnomes that can sing in harmony. And neither of these things are wrong. It’s just the way things are. This isn’t to say that you won’t find boys enjoying the little lawn decorations. Nor will you be completely surprised to have a girl who would like to go see Cars 2. Both of these things ahve nothing to do with gender though. They are fucking kids. You grow into stuff and then grow out of it. We need to stop making out that a boy being a boy or a girl being a girl is somewoe infriging on their rights. It’s nit. It’s who they are and how life happens to play out.

So relax people. Let the kids be kid. They’ll have a lot more to wory about when they get older. Let’s let them have this one time in their life where they can just be kids and have fun. Sheesh.

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3 Responses to “No Privates: Gender In Sweden”

  1. Alex Says:

    “Fact is, boys will be more attracted to movies about talking cars and girls will we more attracted to gnomes that can sing in harmony. And neither of these things are wrong. It’s just the way things are.”

    But that’s just not true. It’s not just the way things are. Gender is culturally constructed. Gender is a social role, not biologically defined. If you and I had grown up in a completely different society where gender roles were opposite of what they are in our own society, you would be saying that girls will always just be more attracted to movies about talking cars and boys will always be more fond of singing gnomes. And that’s just the way things would be.

    The problem is that there are people who don’t fit neatly into those roles, and those people really don’t have a social or cultural or often even a personal support system to deal with that. They exist outside of or between the gender binary in a world that doesn’t believe that’s possible or acceptable.

    So yes, to some extent I do think this is going a little far. And calling them “friends” is just very silly. But what they are trying to do is even the playing field for people who don’t fit into the gender binary by making tiny changes in society’s perception of gender. It’s going to make a world of difference to those kids who don’t fit the binary, and the kids who do are really not going to be impacted whatsoever.

  2. keithradzion Says:

    I agree that some people don’t fit into the “classic” idea of gender. They also shouldn’t be forced to assimilate into an idea that they simply do not (and can not) comply with. I just personaly think that eliminating these aspects of life aren’t beneficial to the overall youth of the world. I also have a feeling, granted it’s just a feeling (though I’m poisitive I read about a study where they eliminated gender for the first few years of childhood with the children going to the “normal” beheaviours you’d expect youthful kids to have).

    I guess I just feel like we always go overboard in the interest of being caring people, but you don’t have to be because these things have a way of working themselves out.

  3. Alex Says:

    “these things have a way of working themselves out.”

    I think I would agree if we were talking about anything other than, well, this- people who don’t fit into the classic western definitions of gender. That’s because the transgender suicide rate is out of control. It’s one of the highest in the nation, if not the highest. by age 20 nearly half of all transgendered people have attempted suicide (the national average is less than 2%)- not because they’re uncomfortable with being, say, a man in a woman’s body, but because the society around them is uncomfortable with them being a man in a woman’s body, resulting in 90% of transgendered people experiencing bullying and harassment of some form.

    So yeah, things work themselves out. But in my opinion, this isn’t an acceptable way for things to work themselves out. They deserve much, much better, and I support any attempt made to alter society’s rigid views on gender, no matter how slight the change.

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