World 166

In World 166 in 1967, Dr John Money has found a primary and secondary boarding school where the staff and students’ parents all had a positive attitude about the gender identity experiment. Then he designed the experiment by asking all the students to follow the social gender guideline of girls, they also need to dress in girl uniforms. In the next year, all students will follow the boy’s social guidelines. This experiment ran for 9 years until the first Grade 1 students graduated.

By situating in two genders, those children accepted garments as just garments, instead of a symbol of a certain gender. Also, they become more inclusive of different fashion styles.

What if …

Dr Money had tried a different way to do the gender identity experiment?


gender equality and inclusivity


The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior

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