(myCommunity.com) Mexico: Controversy that allows school children to choose between skirt or trousers. Starting this Monday, the students of primary and secondary of City of Mexico will be able to use "neutral school uniform" to go to the school, according to a measurement implemented by the head of Government of the capital of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum.
The strategy called Neutral Uniform allows that if girls want to go to school with trousers and children with skirts, they can do it. According to Sheinbaum, the mandatory use of clothing according to gender went down in history.
"I think the times where the girls had to have a skirt and the children had to wear trousers were left behind. I think that has already happened in history. Children can bring a skirt if they want, and girls can bring trousers if they want. That is a part of equity, of equality, "he said on Monday at an event in Mexico City.
"Do not indoctrinate our children"
The measure did not go down well in the National Union of Parents (UNPF), which ensured in their social networks that "In the name of equality, they are harming children".
The UNPF said in a statement that equality is not resolved by putting neutral uniforms on schools in the city and asked not to teach ideology to children in schools.
"Equality will occur when both boys and girls have the same opportunities to study, the same opportunities to develop, the same opportunities to play, the same opportunities to practice sports, without exception," said Leonardo García Camarena, national president of the UNPF in a statement.
Garcia Camarena said in an interview with TV news, an information from a local media, which with these measures are indoctrinating children through the so-called "gender ideology", which conservative sectors consider that their goal is to sexually indoctrinate children.
"When the forensic doctor arrives, when he comes to know which is the dead man, the DNA tests only say male sex, female sex", said Garcia Camarena explaining what according to him is the underlying problem of this measure. "They do not say homosexual, lesbian, trans. That is a cultural construction. We do not want them to build our children in that culture. Better nature: man is born, man dies. A woman is born, a woman dies. "
"If after the 18 years that child, that girl wants to dress as a man or a woman ... to practice sex with people of the same genetic condition, they are in all their rights, but please, do not indoctrinate our children".
Garcia Camarena said that after this measure of neutral uniforms, others could arrive to undo the lines between the feminine and the masculine and said that the organization will begin a campaign of signatures for each parent, in the schools of Ciudad de Mexico, ask to disassemble this measure before the address of the school to which your children go.
Sheinbaum, the head of government of Mexico City, believes that although parents want to keep the school uniform for their children, "it is not necessary that girls always have a skirt, except for days that have sports activities."
The Semillas Foundation, a feminist organization that works for the rights of women, celebrated the measure in its social networks it says it is an action "that helps advance in the inclusion and equality of rights".
Strengthening gender can reinforce stereotypes, according to a study
Un global study published in 2017 found that girls and young children are equipped with "gender straitjackets" to the 10 years, resulting in negative consequences for life.
El Global Study of Early Childhood analyzed how gender is learned, imposed and reinforced among adolescents in 15 countries.
The study concluded that culturally applied gender stereotypes, which are related to an increased risk of mental and physical health problems, are firmly entrenched between the 10 and the 14 years. The study found that these stereotypes make girls more at risk of exposure to physical and sexual violence, child marriage and HIV. For children, the risks can include substance abuse and suicide.
In Sweden, which ranks as the fourth most egalitarian country in the world in terms of gender, the government has for years made a concerted effort to emphasize equality in the Education Law.
After a new amendment introduced in 1998 that requires all schools to work against gender stereotypes, educator Lotta Rajalin established her first gender-neutral preschool for children from one to five years old in Stockholm's old town.
The policies of gender neutrality in Rajalin schools ensure that stories, songs and dramatizations are projected or rewritten to include non-nuclear families (single parents or same-sex couples) and princes who surrender at the feet of heroines. Teachers opt for non-traditional plot twists to ensure that they are not reinforcing gender stereotypes.