Preschool in Sweden Does Away With 'Gender'

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These kids are all "genderless friends" with one another. Credit: AP

At a preschool in Sweden, there are no boys or girls. Only genderless "friends"

Even the Swedish equivalent of pronouns such as "him," her," "he" and "she" have been replaced. However, new words have been made up just for the preschool and don't appear in any Swedish dictionary.

Will all those changes help the children grow up without the tyranny of gender expectations and stereotypes? CNN reports that's what taxpayers in Stockholm are paying to find out with the Egalia preschool, where children and adults walk a politically correct tightrope.

Cinderella, Snow White and other stories with definite gender roles are off limits. Instead, kids get stories about gay and lesbian couples, single parents and adopted children.

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

CNN reports a 2010 study by the World Economic Forum on the global gender gap found Sweden and three other Nordic countries lead the world when it comes to gender equality. Sweden is also considered a pioneer in legalizing gay and lesbian partnerships.

Related: 'Genderless' Baby Raises a Storm of Controversy

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.