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What does it mean when people say gender Neutral?

Asked by jamcanfi74 (444points) February 19th, 2010

What do they mean when people say they are raising their children in a “gender Netural” friendly family?

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downtide's avatar

I would take it to mean not reinforcing traditional gender stereotypes, eg differentiating between “girl’s toys” and “boy’s toys”.

laureth's avatar

Well, a “gendered” way, to but it very basically, might mean that “if it’s a boy, he wears blue and plays with toy trucks” but “if it’s a girl, she wears pink and plays with dolls.” A gender neutral way might mean that the child can play with whatever toy they prefer, wear whatever color they like, and learn that they don’t have to conform to gender norms. They might also encourage little Suzy or Bobby to be whatever they want when they grow up – she can be President, he can be a stay-at-home parent, or vice versa – they’re not limited in their aspirations because of their gender.

That’s off the top of my head, but I’d really need to know more about what the family means by this to help out.

Where’s SimoneDeBouvier when you need hir?

MacBean's avatar

What they said ^^. GAs, folks. But if Simone shows up to answer, what ze says likely will blow these out of the water. XD

liminal's avatar

I have heard others describe our family as being “gender neutral”, when really what we are doing is giving our children a space and environment to grow into human beings not a gender. We want our children to live into what they believe is central to who they are (as they define that) and not social constructs and what others say it means to be male or female.

gailcalled's avatar

@laureth: Probably turned into a pod person by Simone de Beauvoir. Or, there was Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

thriftymaid's avatar

Simply refers to anything that is related equally to males or females

666's avatar

natural !

666's avatar

and not , neutral…

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