First we had Baby Storm, and now this.
A new preschool in Stockholm, Sweden is riding the gender-less wave and attempting to construct an environment free from gender expectations for their students. The school, aptly called Egalia (Swedish for “equality”), offers a unique experience for students, according to one of its teachers:
“Society expects girls to be girlie, nice, and pretty and boys to be manly, rough, and outgoing,” says Jenny Johnsson, a teacher at the school. “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”
According to the article on Bust.com, Egalia constructs this gender-neutral environment by way of referring to students and instructors by name or “Teacher” followed by the name instead of the pronouns “he,” “she,” Miss” or Mr.,”stocking the bookshelves depicting families in gender-neutral or non-traditional parental roles, and allowing students to play with any toy they choose instead of redirecting the girls to the kitchen station and the boys to the toy cars.
A very interesting experiment in shaping, or not shaping, gender roles and expectations.
Here are the questions I would like YOU to answer:
Would you enroll your child?
Do you think gender neutrality is the road to gender equality?