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Swedish School Eliminates Gender

A preschool in Sweden is doing its part to make Tucker Carlson's bowtie spin around in shock and surprise.

CNN reports that the Egalia preschool in Stockholm will eliminate gender specific pronouns, and refer to the children present as "friends" rather than "boys" or "girls." Also on the chopping block? Fairy tales that further gender stereotypes, to be replaced with tales of families featuring gay and lesbian couples.

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The school is funded by Swedish taxpayers, but if it ever finds itself in dire financial straits, it could always make extra money by charging American conservatives a hefty fee for a Halloween House of Liberal Horror tour of the facilities.

Scandinavian countries are known for their hippie dippie socialist ways, leading the world in gender equality.

"Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing," teacher Jenny Johnsson told the AP. "Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be."

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It's a whole school of Storms!

This school, with its crazy ideas of equality and non sexualization of children, represents a serious international crisis. With Sweden going genderless, where will America's creepy uncles get their Swedish bikini team garage calendars?

No 'Boys' and 'Girls' at Gender Neutral School in Sweden [CNN]

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/26/no-boys-and-girls-at-gender-neutral-preschool-in-sweden/

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DISCUSSION

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Kat Callahan

As a non-gendernormative individual, I support parts of this. I like the fact that gender is not forced on the child, although I don't think children should be punished for choosing a gender. I would also support the ability of children to "try on" gender, if they so wish. A child using masculine pronouns one day could ask for feminine pronouns the next. Such gender exploration should be encouraged.

Of course, I could be biased, given my own experiences. Also not a fan of all traditional faery tales being replaced by all LGBT stories at a state-run school. If it's government, it should be equal access for all views. It should be a mix.