No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? - Netflix

Is the way we treat boys and girls the real reason we haven't achieved equality between men and women? In this bold, engaging and provocative experiment, Doctor Javid Abdelmoneim aims to find out whether stripping away the pink and blue will change the way this class of seven year-olds think.

Taking over one Year 3 class from Lanesend primary school in the Isle of Wight, Doctor Javid aims to remove all differences in the way boys and girls are treated to see if, after six weeks of ‘gender neutral' treatment, he can even out the gaps in their achievement across a range of important psychological measures, from self-confidence to spatial awareness.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2017-08-16

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? - Social construction of gender - Netflix

The social construction of gender is a belief in feminism and sociology about the operation of gender and gender differences in societies. According to this view, society and culture create gender roles, and these roles are prescribed as ideal or appropriate behavior for a person of that specific sex. Some supporters of this idea argue that the differences in behavior between men and women are entirely social conventions, whereas others believe that behavior is influenced by universal biological factors to varying degrees, with social conventions having a major effect on gendered behavior.

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? - Sex and sex category - Netflix

West and Zimmerman give this definition for sex in their paper Doing Gender: “Sex is a determination made through the application of socially agreed upon biological criteria for classifying persons as females and males. The criteria for classification can be genitalia at birth or chromosomal typing before birth, and they do not necessarily agree with one another”. The differentiation between gender and sex did not arise until the late 1970s, when researchers began using “gender” and “sex” as two separate terms, with “gender” referring to one's self-identity and “sex” referring to one's chromosomal makeup and sex organs. The binary of male and female leaves out everyone who does not fit into these categories because of genital make up, chromosomes, or hormone levels. Anne Fausto-Sterling addresses the issues facing intersex people in her article The Five Sexes. She claims that there is at minimum five sexes but probably more; this is based on the vast range of ways bodies show up in nature. She points out that, “recent advances in physiology and surgical technology now enable physicians to catch most intersexuals at birth...infants are entered into a program of hormonal and surgical management...” This highlights the intense adherence to the binary instead of allowing bodies to present in the world without intervention. West and Zimmerman also give a definition for sex category: “achieved through application of the sex criteria, but in everyday life, categorization is established and sustained by the socially required identificatory displays that proclaim one's membership in one or the other category”. Sex category is applied to a person in everyday life through commonly recognized cues that are not necessarily fulfilling biological criteria of sex.

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? - References - Netflix