The daycare ladies weren't exactly up to speed on this.
"Well, we let girls play with cars and boys with dolls if they want to."Poor women. Looks like a case of mutual subcultural incomprehension. Because the people who worry about gender stereotyping aren't the same folks who work in daycare and other poorly paid jobs dominated by women.
"Oh, that's no problem here. We treat boys and girls just the same."
"We're actually attending a lecture about that sort of thing, because the parents want us to."
Just think of the cultural manoeuvering these daycare ladies have to learn. Not only must they master the niceties of a large number of immigrant cultures regarding children, parenting and gender -- they also have to deal with Swedish subcultures that are almost equally alien to them. My hat (well, my red woolen cap anyway) is off to them.
[More blog entries about gender, children, parenting, daycare, subcultures, Sweden; könsroller, barn, föräldrar, dagis, subkulturer.]