A new documentary from VICE highlights Sweden’s introduction of government-funded gender-neutral kindergartens and a set of parents who are raising their children “without gender.”
“We head to Sweden, home to gender neutral kindergartens and gender non-conforming families, to find out what it’s like to grow up beyond the binary,” reads the introduction to a new article from VICE teasing a 30 minute documentary on gender.
Strap yourselves in, this is going to be a “fun” ride.
“With recent victories for the trans rights movement, and more young people defining as something other than ‘male’ or ‘female’ than ever before, VICE host Amelia Abraham visits Sweden to find out what it’s like to grow up without the gender binary,” the introductory paragraph for the piece reads.
If you can read this without face-palming themselves into oblivion, you should pat yourself on the back.
“In Sweden, the gender neutral pronoun ‘hen’ has been in the national dictionary since 2015 and is now commonly used by most Swedes.” the piece continues.
“Since 1998, the Swedish government’s school plan has forbidden enforcing gender stereotypes, and government-funded gender neutral kindergartens with gender aware teachers has made it possible for families to raise their children without a set gender identity – something that often sparks controversy in the foreign press,” it reads.
“Amelia spends time with one of these gender non-conforming families, made up of mapa (mum and dad) Del LaGrace Volcano, who was born intersex (both male and female); the children, five-year-old Mika and three-year-old Nico, and their grandma, Margareta,” it continues.
The documentary itself opens with a child playing with nail polish with pink plaits in its hair.
“Last summer, lot’s of kids came up to me and said, “Are you a boy or a girl?” I answered that I was neither, then I said I was both,” the child said.
Another child said: “I’m a girl. But today I am a boy. After I have been a boy, I will be a girl again.”
Last Tuesday, Breitbart News reported on a new program at Princeton University that seeks to curb unhealthy expressions of masculinity. Although it is possible that some negative aspects of masculinity arise from social conditioning, there are simple biological explanations for issues such as male aggression and violence.
While men can produce up to eight mg of testosterone naturally each day, women only produce 0.5 mg. Research studies such as one in the International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism reveal that “testosterone plays a significant role in the arousal of these behavioral manifestations in the brain centers involved in aggression and on the development of the muscular system that enables their realization.” In addition, a 1997 study from the Center for the Advancement of Health revealed that, amongst women in prison, those with higher levels of testosterone were much more likely to commit violent acts.
Clearly, gender expression is shaped in part by biology. The most important question that even the most respected gender studies theorists often refuse to ask is put best by Ph.D. and author James Lindsay: “What proportion of gender arises from biological sex?”
Watch the documentary below, if you can stomach it.