A Gender Neutral Christmas-For the Delusional

Well, in Sweden there seems to be some debate as to whether or not women and men are different.  I thought this was settled in the first two chapters of Genesis, but I admit, I know little about women and understand less so I could be wrong.  See the following story: (Topless Women Make Waves)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Nov. 22) – A group of Swedish women is making waves by taking their tops off at public swimming pools in a protest against what they call gender-biased rules on swim wear. About 40 women have joined the network and staged topless protests in at least three cities, said Sanna Ferm, 22, one of the founders of the group called Bara Brost, or Bare Breasts. “The purpose of the campaign is to start a debate about why women’s bodies are sexualized,” Ferm said Wednesday. She said the fact that men can be bare-chested in public swimming pools but not women is “a concrete example of how women have fewer rights than men.” Reactions from other swimmers have ranged from support and encouragement to anger and even indifference, she said. The network was formed after two women who were swimming topless in a public swimming pool in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, were asked to cover up or leave. Women can sunbathe topless in the summertime at beaches around Sweden, which is known for its relaxed attitude toward nudity, but they are required to wear tops at public swimming pools. Inger Groteblad, a manager at the swimming facility in Uppsala, said it was a matter of security. “We want to make sure that girls don’t get subjected to sexual harassment,” she was quoted as saying by tabloid Aftonbladet. The women have filed a complaint against the facility to Sweden’s Equal Opportunities Ombudsman.

 Ummm…Okay so I guess the point is that since men can be topless-women should be able to as well.  At first I wanted to say–hello, men don’t have breasts, but then I saw this:

  Okay so maybe you have a point Sweden.  But what the heck does “sexualized” mean?  I’m not even sure it is a word.  So I went to Dictionary.com and looked and sure enough it means the following:

“sex·u·al·ize:  -verb; to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics. “

So, the point is that the women of Sweden are tired of having people render their body with sexual characteristics.  Oddly the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman is an organization that fights for gender equality in the workplace.  So where in Sweden are women wanting to be allowed to work topless?  Odd.

I think we should just stop this madness altogether right now.  Let’s face it–the women of Sweden are right–they are not sexual objects.  For example–see this picture of the Swedish Bikini Team I found on Google Images:

 yeesh!  Hideous don’t you think?  It’s like they are women-but maybe they are men–hard to tell.  So then I suppose the real point is that we should all think about whether or not it makes sense to differentiate between genders.  After all aren’t we all humans first?

I propose that this Christmas all the parents try and buy gender neutral gift so that their kids don’t get sucked into this whole gender identity issue.  Here are some suggestions:

1. Gender Neutral Ken Doll

  Is it a man?  Is it a woman?  Who cares?

2. Gender Neutral Doll House

Who lives there?  Mom and Dad?  no…just some humans.

3. Teletubbies

  No one know what they are–the oldest/biggest carries a purse with an upside down purple triangle on his/her head.  Perfect for your little human.

4. A Blue Tutu

  For the little dancer in all of us.

5.  Hello Kitty Ninja Warrior

  She/He can kick butt in either gender.

Maybe if we all try really hard to throw out these tired notions of male and female we can all eventually live in a harmonious society where everyone looks like this:


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14 Comments on “A Gender Neutral Christmas-For the Delusional”


    ouch….pulled something…..


    And another thing, that photo makes Billie Jean looks like she could be a card carrying member of the Lollipop Guild!

    I like where you’re going, Counselor. Good stuff.


  2. mklasing Says:

    I know–that picture of her is horrible–what is she doing, singing an opera at a tennis match? My favorite part of the outfit has to be the belt–nice choice–my grandfather had one of those–last time I saw it was 10 minutes before they closed the casket.

  3. pistolpete Says:

    What a wonderful sexless world this could be if we would just let go of all those nasty gender distinctions. I know my 3-year old girl would be much better off if we just lopped those big breasts off Barbie before putting her under the tree.

    P.S. Thanks for listing “Necessary Therapy” on your blogroll. I trust we’ll live up to your lofty standards.

  4. mklasing Says:

    That is a great idea–maybe I could make protest signs and march around Toys ‘R Us. They could say things like “Lop those Breasts, Keep the Rest” or “Barbie is not just for girls” or something catchy.

    As for putting you on the blogroll–absolutely–love your blog–I don’t know about my “lofty standards” but whatever they are your site exceeds them.

  5. Stacy Says:

    Oh my, apparently you’re just as gifted as I am at finding pictures that make people want to vomit.

  6. mklasing Says:

    Stacy: Are you referring to the first picture or the Bikini Team? 😉

  7. Stacy Says:

    The moobs. I have a talent for finding phoobs.

  8. kristiane Says:

    As a matter of fact, the telletubbies are referred to by gender on the show. (from ages 2-4 my son loved the show) And the purple one is a boy. Although I wish whoever created him would outright admit that he was based on gay stereotypes. Why, if it is not a bad thing they do not, I will never know.

  9. mklasing Says:

    Dang it Kristiane, now I have to go searching for another gender neutral toy and I was just about to go to bed. Well for now we will have to leave the tubbies on there but although they have been identified–the lack of genitalia seems to be weighing in favor of gender neutral. The purse on the boy is hillarious–what is the point of that–“it’s not a purse–it’s European!”

  10. ??? Says:

    Shouldn’t a lawyer know what “sexualized” means?

  11. mklasing Says:

    Good point–you see I got very confused because in law school we were taught the “legal” definition of sexualized which is: “to alter or change the integrity of a place or high position by a public official.” The example sentence was: “Because of his activity involving numerous interns, President Clinton sexualized the oval office.”

    You can see my dillema. Plus, it has been a while since I took “Rarely Used Words in the English Language 101” but I do recall some of the words we learned like “imperious” and “supercilious” and “vainglorious.” 😉

  12. Good come back, Murph.

    Good to see all these familiar people here partaking in your ribaldry.


  13. mklasing Says:

    “Ribaldry” that’s another one!

  14. at home we have a kidney-shaped swimming pool that is well maintained, i love swimming on it all day long “

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