Genderless Preschool in Sweden

Jun 28, 2011 · 6958 views

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 colour 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.”

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  1. ibox2000 says:

    More than a dumb idea, I think it could be argued as borderline abusive. Gay or straight, boys are different than girls. Denying this will create mental cases. I don’t advocate forcing boys to play with trucks, guns and sports nor denying them dolls either. Let them choose, but don’t ignore that boys are boys and girls are girls.

    As far as referring to everyone as “friends”, that’s BS too. Just because you know someone doesn’t make them a friend. Calling acquaintances “friends” diminishes the meaning of friendship.

    John

  2. Derek says:

    I’m not sure I agree with this however it’s within a parent’s right to raise their child however they want and to send them to whatever school they want.

    Has there been any cases of parents raising children genderless before recent years? I’ve only heard of this in the past couple of years.

  3. CDemon1502 says:

    I like this idea, they aren’t denying the kids the ability to play with gender specific toys. They just aren’t telling them you can’t play with this because you are a boy or a girl. All the kids get to play with everything with out anyone telling them no. I would like to see how this affects the kids in their lives in twenty years. They also don’t have any traditional stories in their book case, No Cinderella or Snow White. I like that their books are all LGBT. I read that one of their books is about two male giraffes who are “childless” and they find and adopt a crocodile egg. From the article i read it said only one child was taken out of school by their parents and they have a waiting list for children to get in.

    Derek – I read a past article on a pair of parents who are hiding or hid the gender of their baby from almost everyone. Even the grandparents didn’t know. They had two other children and they were pretty much allowed to do and wear anything they wanted, male or female clothing and toys.

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