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Let’s Play A Game: Sex Change Day In Japanese School

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Students at Fuji Hokuryo High School in Yamanashi Prefecture were asked to challenge their perceptions of masculinity and femininity, as they celebrated Sex Change Day.

Sex Change Day, or gender change day, made students spend the day wearing the uniform traditionally considered suitable for the opposite gender.

Students went to school in their uniform, and then boys were given skirts and ribbons, while girls dressed in suits and ties. The students then listened to lessons on how gender change can affect their behavior and that of those around them.

Many Japanese schools insist on gender-specific uniforms with girls often wearing sailor suit style uniforms.

Almost 300 students participated in the experimental day, as an attempt to free them of preconceived norms of conformity, and to help them challenge traditional concepts of gender.

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