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.
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: