As our regular readers know, a Toronto couple made headlines around the world after announcing last month that they would raise their baby, Storm, without letting anyone know the child’s gender. Then yesterday, Meredith noted that a public school in Sweden has instructed children not to utter the words him, her, he, she, girl or boy. (That’s han, hon, honom, henne, pojke and flicka, if the online translator is to be believed.) ”The move is being made in an attempt to eliminate gender bias,” Meredith writes. Gender bias may be a problem, but pronouns aren’t.
Meredith believes “there’s a difference between gender equality and gender neutrality,” and I totally agree. Here are five reasons why I think this gender-neutral trend is a bunch of crap:
I don’t have a problem with men doing traditionally female things or women doing traditionally male things, but I think to pretend like we’re not of different genders is silly. Men and women have a lot in common, and our own unique strengths that should be celebrated. What’s your take on gender neutrality?