A school in Japan is challenging gender norms and teaching its students a little of what it’s like to be the opposite sex. On Tuesday Fuji Hokuryo High School in Japans Yamanashi prefecture encouraged their students to swap uniforms with the opposite sex for the day, with boys in skirts and girls wearing suits.
The day was aimed at promoting a message of tolerance and acceptance to try and challenge ingrained gender stereotypes. By all accounts the event was a rousing success, with over 300 taking part, leaving just 8% of the student body that chose not to support it.
The school principal has reported that the event was a rousing success and so popular with the students that it may well go on to become an annual occurrence. Hirofumi Miyashita, school vice principal, said that ‘this is a project for students to observe things differently without being bound by gender’.