High school students in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, had the opportunity to contemplate gender identity when male and female students exchanged uniforms on Tuesday. Nearly 40 percent of all students at Fuji Hokuryo High School, or 299 students - 117 boys and 182 girls - participated in the exchange.
The exchange, called "Sexchange Day," combining the English words "sex" and "exchange," was proposed by students, including 17-year-old Minami Kajihara.
After learning there are some people suffer from rejection in society because of their gender identity disorder, the students thought that looking at stereotypical perceptions of gender from a different angle might give some insight into the problem.
On Tuesday, students came to school wearing sweat suits and then exchanged uniforms. Students attended classes as usual and were to talk about what they thought about the exchange after school.
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