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Sweden Declares War…on Playtime

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Did the Burgermeister Meisterburger, seen here in this undated file photo,take over Sweden?  It would appear so, considering the whacky Cultural Marxism taking place there.  For a bit more, take a look at this from the American Enterprise Institute…

But subterfuge and propaganda appear to be the order of the day in Sweden. In their efforts to free children from the constraints of gender, the Swedish reformers are imposing their own set of inviolate rules, standards, and taboos. Here is how Slate author Nathalie Rothchild describes a gender-neutral classroom:

One Swedish school got rid of its toy cars because boys “gender-coded” them and ascribed the cars higher status than other toys. Another preschool removed “free playtime” from its schedule because, as a pedagogue at the school put it, when children play freely ‘stereotypical gender patterns are born and cemented. In free play there is hierarchy, exclusion, and the seed to bullying.’ And so every detail of children’s interactions gets micromanaged by concerned adults, who end up problematizing minute aspects of children’s lives, from how they form friendships to what games they play and what songs they sing.

The Swedes are treating gender-conforming children the way we once treated gender-variant children. Formerly called “tomboy girls” and “sissy boys” in the medical literature, these kids are persistently attracted to the toys of the opposite sex. They will often remain fixated on the “wrong” toys despite relentless, often cruel pressure from parents, doctors, and peers. Their total immersion in sex-stereotyped culture—a non-stop Toys”R”Us indoctrination—seems to have little effect on their passion for the toys of the opposite sex. There was a time when a boy who displayed a persistent aversion to trucks and rough play and a fixation on frilly dolls or princess paraphernalia would have been considered a candidate for behavior modification therapy. Today, most experts encourage tolerance, understanding, and acceptance: just leave him alone and let him play as he wants. The Swedes should extend the same tolerant understanding to the gender identity and preferences of the vast majority of children.

The linked article has a wealth of information on the gender politics of the left, and how they seek to severely mess up children.  Rather than simply allow kids to play, the liberals there want to monitor and manage it.  In fact, they want to control it completely.  Combine that with the fact that the liberals want to separate children from parents at the earliest possible age, the over all pattern of control takes on a new and more sinister meaning.

When we say that the liberals want to control all aspects of human life, we aren’t kidding.

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  • http://www.manhattaninfidel.com Infidel de Manahatta

    Children will play with cardboard boxes if you let them. For adults to push their mental illness on children is unconscionable. For that is what liberalism is: mental illness.

  • http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com Jim at Conservatives on Fire

    Has a Liberal ever admitted they were wrong?