In terms of understanding the development, function and anatomy of the human brain, it would be fair to say that biology and neuroscience have made revolutionary yet contradictory discoveries over the past several decades.
For example, no longer does the scientific community characterize the adult human brain as a static physical entity, incapable of recovery or reorganization after injury. Instead, current scientific research has confirmed the neural plasticity of the human brain, pharmacologically as well as genetically, while Nobel Prize winning biologists work to enhance this neurological plasticity.
Moreover, neuroscience has also postulated, although some scientists disagree, that most expressed gender differences can also be attributed not only to the structure of our brains, but also to the effects and timing of the release (or the absence of release) of sex hormones and certain neurotransmitters. Of course, that is if one accepts biology as the only defining factor in determining gender, along with a clearly definable set of inferences declaring just what gender means to any given group or individual.
With all of this in mind, it is no small surprise that along with proposed genderless bathrooms in the State of Maine, a genderless baby in the city of Toronto, politically correct and genderless books and adult institutions, the Egalia Preschool in Sweden has established a genderless classroom. The preschool cites that genderless environmental and social factors are the key to empowering children to choose what they want without the knowledge of socially imposed gender roles.
Moreover, with the use of gender neutral language, the preschool aims to promote equality and abolish preconceived gender roles all without pointing out or making obvious another person’s gender . Director Lotta Rajalin insists that, in spite of not allowing the children to use the personal pronouns “he” or “she,” the preschool acknowledges gender and promotes choice, ”All the girls know they are girls, and all the boys know that they are boys. We are not working with biological gender – we are working with the social thing.”
Along with single parents, the Egalia preschool is inclusive of the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered families in an upscale urban area.
In this perceived panacea it is hard not to notice that even in the Nordic countries (which are considered ahead of the rest of the world in fostering gender equality) the prevailing feminist attitude that males are predisposed to having an advantage in the first place, while females are still largely perceived to not have such advantages, is still prominent.
“The school opened last year and is on a mission to break down gender roles – a core mission in the national curriculum for Swedish pre-schools. According to the UK Daily Mail, “The option to implement the rules is underpinned by a theory that society gives boys an unfair edge.”
However, regardless of any unfair edge, these practices invariably beg the question as to what really is the driving force behind nurturing any genderless environment; gender equality (choice) or gender neutrality (denial).
In this day and age of workplace enforced gender equality, political correctness, and affirmative action, in conjunction with the nascent notion that
men and women’s brains are different by design but are equal in overall performance, gender equality by definition (acceptance of the male or female) would ideally play a positive role in the choice and offerings of employment. Equality, in this sense, then leaves the door open for each gender to choose how they wish to proceed in relationships, parenthood and the domestic parts of life, regardless of gender roles.
Gender neutrality, on the other hand, tends to lead to resistance and the reestablishment of the reviled gender norm as Newsweek’s Jesse Ellison’s experience with parental imposed androgyny illustrates, ”But my parents’ little project in gender neutrality (namely, me) was, from the get-go, a total failure. As soon as I could speak, I demanded they replace my overalls with a long, pink, lacy dress. Far from gender-neutral, I was emphatically, defiantly a ‘girl.’”
Furthermore, one might ask if it is it really necessary or healthy to set people up to feel psychologically dysmorphic (congenitally defective) to our physical appearance in terms of our gender, and to do so in the name of abolishing socially engineered gender roles and dominating political institutions.
After all, as humans, it is completely reasonable to expect that if everything has gone as nature planned, and we are not transgendered and thus have a bona fide need or want to assign our own gender, we have been genetically coded to be dimorphic (male and female) and hence, distinguishable one from the other, regardless of sexual orientation.
Ellison notes, “We all thought that the differences had to do with how you were brought up in a sexist culture, and if you gave children the same chances, it would equalize,” my mom says. “It took a while to think, ‘Maybe (sic) men and women really are different from each other, and they’re both equally valuable.’”
Essentially, while physical gender came first; established gender roles have always been the product of human innovation. Yet human innovation, just like the human brain, yields to plasticity. This plasticity leaves lots of room to bring into play gender oriented balance and harmony.