Now We Have a Genderless Preschool

The trend lines are running in favor of a genderless society – so called. We recently heard of the “genderless baby” in Canada and the ghastly reports of “gendercide” in India. Now we have the genderless preschool in Sweden. It is a government funded, “No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool [that] fights against gender bias.” This school, for children age 1-6, is part of a radical, government initiative to erase gender distinctions and give the female gender a competitive edge.

AP staff writer Jenny Soffel reports that, “At the ‘Egalia’ preschool, staff avoid using words like ‘him’ or ‘her’ and address the 33 kids as ‘friends’ rather than girls and boys.

Everything breathes of gender freedom. “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.

A 31-year-old teacher at the school, Jenny Johnson, argues, “Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing…Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.

“Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.”

One of the most telling and tragic scenarios is this one: “‘A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble,’ she says. ‘Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on.’

One of the requirements of achieving this genderless society is the management of language. For example, “Staff try to shed masculine and feminine references from their speech, including the pronouns him or her — ‘han’ or ‘hon’ in Swedish. Instead, they’ve have adopted the genderless ‘hen,’ a word that doesn’t exist in Swedish but is used in some feminist and gay circles. ‘We use the word ‘Hen’ for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten,’ Rajalin says. ‘We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say ‘Hen is coming around 2 p.m.’ Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.’

These efforts will fail. It is impossible to wipe out the imprint of manhood and womanhood, no matter how hard people try. The innermost being is irrevocably stamped male and female. Under the garments is the unassailable witness to it. In the end, manhood and womanhood is not wiped out. Rather, human beings are terribly sickened and truncated and abused.