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  • Silver Man

    Just refuse to change your language and tell your child they dont have to either.

  • namaste203

    I believe they are simply trying to reach out for more equality for everyone, though it seems a bit overboard it has to start with the YOUNG for this to catch on. The kids are the ones that show us that Love is Neutral from the time they are born. We as souls come from a place of neutrality because we are both male and female energies to begin with. Children will be better adults if they understand from the start that they are all equal, no masters no slaves, no bullies and none to be bullied; all are equal, united as one on the planet.

  • Carla Isidoro

    What's the purpose of promoting neutrality? To avoid gender details, specificities and gender diferences? To create a non-gender society? Kids don't need that. Kids need to understand gender differences first in order to live with them in adulthood. This neutrality thing is an adult issue. Only a silly society avoids 'gendering' products, language, habits, etc. I find this scary.

    • Fredrik Carlö

      "I find this scary."

      I'm guessing that this is where you really take issue.

    • Zach Hunter

      What gender differences? The point of promoting neutrality is to say that in reality, there is no person who is strictly masculine or feminine, and it's silly to make things that have no gender, i.e. nail, skin, and hair care, auto maintenance, colors, insinuate one gender over another.

      The problem with patriarchal society is that it is engrained in us as children. By not indoctrinating a child with arbitrary boundaries based on gender, they don't grow up to perpetuate the same system of gender roles.

      • Carla Isidoro

        Biological differences and differences based on culture. They both exist and are a fact. I believe we should start making necessary changes by avoiding discriminatory language, and explaining kids (and adults) why that is necessary. Example: words like 'Man' are still used instead of 'Humanity' or 'civilization'. These words were created by men in times where women were considered second category citizens. Therefore these (and other) words don't include them, rather exclude them. I don't feel included in speeches saying 'We, the Man of planet Earth...'. And I'm quite positive the opposite would happen to men if the rule was using the word Women for all. One must be conscient about this.
        I believe promoting neutrality is not the right way. First because neutrality doesn't exist; second, because finding differences and facing them is the first step to make real and effective changes.
        That's my opinion.

        • Fredrik Carlö

          Individuals are different in so many ways, yet we don't need to label these differences in our daily lives in order to make real and effective changes (when needed). Nor do we need to teach small children to use these labels. So why is it so important when it comes to gender?

          There are both biological differences and differences based on culture/class concerning between white people and people of colour. Yet I strongly doubt that you think we should have skin colour-dependant pronouns, or divide childrens catalouges into different sections depending on the colour of the skin of the children. So why then gender?

          • Carla Isidoro

            My point is: the biological differences you mention (gender differences) exist. So why neutralize them? That doesn't make sense to me. I believe in child education based on differences acknolegment. Girls and boys should play with toys 'for boys' and toys 'for girls' al together. Why create neutral toys then? There are no neutral genders. Society wants to create it, but it doesn't exist.

            • Caro Smallwood

              You are confusing gender with sex. Sure, kids are endowed with certain biological capabilities that they will use later in life. But up until the reproductive age, their sex doesn't actually affect their day to day life. And, the way society is now, gender does affect their daily life. But it doesn't have to. Gender differences rarely have a positive effect on a child's development. Restricting them to certain toys, clothing and activities typically either has no effect or in some cases, devastating effects, when children feel caught between two genders. By embracing gender neutrality for children, they are given a clean state, an exploratory phase, until they reach reproductive age and they can decide where they want to align themselves. Up until then, any gender assignment doesn't really matter. It only matters when they begin to pursue romantic relations.

        • Fredrik Carlö

          Individuals are different in so many ways, yet we don't need to label these differences in our daily lives in order to make real and effective changes (when needed). Nor do we need to teach small children to use these labels. So why is it so important when it comes to gender?

          There are both biological differences and differences based on culture/class concerning between white people and people of colour. Yet I strongly doubt that you think we should have skin colour-dependant pronouns, or divide childrens catalouges into different sections depending on the colour of the skin of the children. So why then gender?