We only watched the last programme in this series. When our children were growing up we always encouraged them to choose toys, activities and as they got older, jobs. Our daughter has a degree in engineering and worked on various sites, she had to work twice as hard to prove her capabilities. Our granddaughter has Lego, trucks, cars and a garage. Jigsaws with farm scenes, Postman Pat and Fireman Sam. Her books are a good mix of Thomas the tank, Percy the parkkeeper and just about every Julia Donaldson story written. She a cooker that she loves and a solitary doll. Whilst I thought that the thinking behind these programmes was excellent, they didn't include children from all cultures. The school where the 'experiment' took place was on the Isle of Wight where the children were all white British. I don't think other cultures would have been happy with some of the things expected of these children. Both sexes using the same toilet is one example. What does anyone think? Did anyone else see these programmes?
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
My boys both had dolls when they were little along with their usual cuddly toys however when I got together with my group of friends the girls sat and combed dollies hair and the boys ran about in the garden shooting each other with pieces of twig.
I understand that there are always going to be outliers but allowing children to choose what sex they want to be seems a step too far.
I didn't watch the program you're talking about but this issue has been very much in the news recently. Have you seen the pictures of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitts daughter Shiloh. She dresses like a boy and apparently wants to be called John. I hope this is really what she wants and they've not just taken a trendy idea and run with it as they do seem apt to do.
It must be awful to be someone who really feels they've been born in the wrong body. I just don't think it should be too easy to change. I mean once the decision is made it's irreversible so it shouldn't be made lightly.
It's an interesting subject and I'm sure everyone has an opinion.
I didn't see it either but echo what Magggzz said.
I think it is with extreme caution that you tell children they can be whatever they want to be, when that includes the sex they chose to be. Because they are children they are not emotionally equiped to make decisions of that nature. I've heard many stories of people changing sex at a relatively young age and then regretting it later on. Being a teenager is confusing enough and sometimes ideas are placed in childrens heads which may not have really been their own.
Something that has been bothering me is I feel that men are starting to be emasculated through different avenues, it's almost as if the human race are trying to have one sex. This irks me as it's against natures balance. We need men to play male roles children need a male role model too, that's good balance for the child, but there's another subject.
I am all for equal opportunities and treating everyone with respect regardless of their sexuality, however I do think there's a lot being made of gender neutrality which may be unnecessary. My SIL for example has 2 young sons and she gets very animated about the topic - maybe because I had a girl then a boy, there was always a mixture of toys which they all played with so I never really thought about the gender element of it.
There's always been 'tom-boys' as we used to call them - i.e. girls who liked to wear more masculine clothes and climb trees or whatever (but I don't think we ever attributed it to sexuality) - I guess it's harder for a boy who wants to identify with more feminine things. Maybe everything is a bit more sexualised these days.
There was something in the news the other day about a school giving pink notebooks to girls and blue ones to boys and coming in for a lot of criticism about it .... it reminded me that in the not so distant past pink was the colour they put baby boys in, there's a great photo of my OHs grandfather at 3 years old in a pink smock-type dress and hat.
Is gender neutral as popular as we think though? I am constantly hearing about parents to be wanting to know the sex of their baby before it is born so they can "decorate the nursery appropriately" I've always thought that a strange thing to do anyway as the baby doesn't care about the colour and by the time he/she notices, will be time to redecorate again
Oh dear, there is always a troublemaker on every forum.
I think the world will be truly a wonderful place when we just have people in it. No blacks, no caucasians, no catholics, no muslims, no mormons, no french, no english, no chinese, no disabled, no women, no men, no slaves, just people. Only people.