STOCKHOLM – 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. …
I have both boys and girls and I’m sorry they are so different from each other. Even as babies. The younger ones have had free access to both “boy” toys and “girl” toys but that has not changed their basic personalities. Even my tomboyish girl still has the personality of a girl and enjoys dressing up and being a lady, and helping to cook as long as she can still play baseball with the boys.
I dread what happens to these confused children as they mature. 🙁