Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stockholm Goes All California With Silly Pre-School Gender Ban

There's nothing unusual about nut-bags in the nanny state of California attempting to ban everything from circumcision and grocery bags to outlawing incandescent light bulbs and charging a "recycling" tax on carpets. But a preschool in Stockholm, Sweden has one-upped the U.S. with an ordinance so ridiculous, you'd swear it was American-made.

At the Egalia public pre-school, pronouns like "boy" and "girl" are not allowed—because of the imminent danger that such "stereotypes" will damage our delicate children's precious development. Instead, "friends" is now the gender-neutral term.

In addition, toys traditionally enjoyed by boys or girls are now blended. Lego blocks are intentionally placed next to the kitchen, to make sure kids draw no "mental barriers" between cooking and construction. Funny, I always thought it was fun to be a boy toy.

Freak teach Jenny Johnson explains, "Society expects girls to be girlie, nice & pretty and boys to be manly, rough & outgoing. Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be."

Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the preschool curriculum in Sweden, to insure that society doesn't give boys an unfair edge. Such "stereotypical" books as Snow White and Cinderella are banned, since they picture girls acting like, um, girls.

School director Lotta Rajalin adds that when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber comes to the kindergarten class, the word "hen" is applied, so there is no risk of children thinking it's a him or a her.

I hate to imagine what happens to these children when they reach primary school and find out that there's an actual difference between the sexes. Seems to me this encourages bullying, instead of the intended opposite effect. Dumb, dumb, dumb.