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Swedish Preschool Does Away with 'Gender'

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Egalia, a preschool in Sweden, has implemented a genderless philosophy. The school has labeled boys and girls as simply "friends," even taking away the Swedish equivalent of pronouns such as "him," "her," "he," and "she."

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The young students are exposed to stories about gay and lesbian couples, single parents and adopted children. Classic, but gender specific stories such as "Cinderella," and "Snow White" are off limits.

"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."

Taxpayers in Stockholm will find out whether the students benefit from the genderless school and grow up without feeling the pressures of specific gender expectations and stereotypes.

CNN reports that Sweden, along with three Nordic countries are among the leaders when it comes to gender equality, according to a 2010 study by the World Economic Forum on the global gender gap. Sweden is also considered a pioneer in legalizing gay and lesbian partnerships.

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