The sexual enlightenment happens in the form of a theater performance, organized by teachers Lisa Jisei and Gustav Deticek Svensson, which is repeated several times a week. By their own admission, the performance is aimed to give the kids the courage to say 'stop' if they get unsolicited attention from fellow toddlers.
"We saw that children generally cross each other's integrity limits, perhaps hugging someone without the counterpart actually wanting to be hugged," Lisa Jisei told the national broadcaster SVT.
"It's about highlighting situations that children encounter in the education process or at home and giving them the necessary tools for how to handle it," Gustav Deticek Svensson explained.
To the joy of their tutors, the children seem to pick up the message pretty fast.
"You must ask first before touching someone's private area," 5-year-old Emma Karlsson said.
Stopp min kropp-temat fortsätter ✋🏻🛑 Idag övade vi på att känna efter var ens gräns går, hur det känns att visa det på olika sätt(verbalt,kroppsspråk, ögonen) och hur vi kan se på en annan person var hens gränsen går 👫👭👬🌈 #stoppminkropp #Solskol #superhjälparna #olweus pic.twitter.com/qm5masCYjv— Eriksbergsskolan (@EriksbergSkol) 5 декабря 2017 г.
The innovative concept of sexual education for preschoolers was hailed by Education Minister Gustav Fridolin, who called for the experiment to be expanded throughout the country.
According to Fridolin, the concept of educational performances coupled with the motto "Stop, my body!" coined by the organization Rädda Barnen (Save the Children) is unique in Sweden and should be disseminated to reach a wider public and made a fixture in future curricula.
"Protecting bodily integrity, such as with 'Stop, my body!' is something we intend to do," Gustav Fridolin told SVT.
Earlier this year, Sweden, a country viewed as a beacon of gender equality, was rocked by reports of past scandal amid the #Metoo campaign. Starting from October, tens of thousands of Swedish women stepped out with their personal experiences of sexual harassment. In weird aftershocks of the "Weinstein effect," dozens of Swedish industries signed petitions against abuse, which was described as the biggest women's movement since the suffragettes' struggle a hundred years ago. In many cases, the names of alleged perpetrators were revealed, despite the fact that it is considered unethical in Sweden to publish names of the accused unless they are convicted. A number of journalists, TV presenters and a high-profile figure in the Swedish Academy had to leave their posts following the accusations.
12000 Swedish women demand 0 tolerance for sexual harassment:— Rianne_Vogels (@Rianne_Vogels) 20 ноября 2017 г.
6000 lawyers #medvilkenrätt
2200 musicians #närmusikentystnar
1300 politicians #imaktenskorridorer
1100 in tech #teknisktfel
700 actresses #tystnadtagning
700 singers #visjungerut
550 actresses #stilleforopptak
The #Metoo campaign was also praised by Sweden's self-described feminist government and the Swedish royals, including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia.