So now at Egalia, the Legos are next to the kitchen so everyone understands you can be both a builder and a cook. (Those professional fields, at their highest levels, are dominated by men anyway. Joke’s on Sweden.)
In fact, “early gender socialization” is deemed unhealthy for children by powerful progressive organizations such as UNICEF, which defines “gender socialization” as “the process by which people learn to behave in a certain way, as dictated by societal beliefs, values, attitudes and examples.” UNICEF decries this process, noting that it begins even before a child is born when the community anticipates its arrival as a boy or girl.
Raise your hand if you think this sounds wacky.
Now, keep your hand up if you’re pretty sure the worldview that promotes the idea that it is wrong to socialize children to their specific, God-given gender is an alien notion that will not soon happen here in the good old U.S. of A.
If your hand is still up, you’re fooling yourself.
It’s already happening, insidiously, surreptitiously and systematically. And if those who think it’s wacky and unlikely in American early childhood education don’t start paying closer attention, we’re about a half-generation away from preschools full of kids named Storm who can’t tell you if they’re little boys or little girls, not because they don’t know but because they simply haven’t decided yet.