Lately I've been wondering what happens if you raise a child in a gender-neutral environment. While I haven't studied much in this specific area, it seems like it would be a perfectly respectable way to raise a child. Gender-neutral environments basically lack anything that's classically defined for girls or boys (e.g.; fire trucks vs dolls) or avoids harboring any gender-specific thinking. Basically, allowing the child to conduct his or herself just the way he or she wants, without having the poison of "you're a boy/girl and this is how things are done because of it" ingrained to their impressionable psyche. Now here's the question, for the poll above. Gender-neutral environments in terms of child-rearing: let's say you're just starting out (I know many of you are parents already, and even have children that are grown adults) with your first child. Would you raise them in a gender-neutral environment to foster their own personal will, or would you push gender roles on them regardless? Do you think it would make a difference to a child raised in a gender-neutral environment, personality wise, in contrast with his or her peers? In your opinion, for instance, if a little girl was raised in a gender-neutral environment, and set loose in a department store, would she be able to point out the differences in gender roles (for example; "pink frilly things are for girls/footballs and rough-and-tumble for boys") without first having the schema for gender-specific concepts in her mind? I don't think we've had a discussion like this before, but, does the environment of a child make a severe difference on their views of boys/girls?