Friday, August 12, 2005

Feminist backlash in Sweden similar and different to American situation

On today's "All Things Considered," there was a disturbing story about feminist backlash in Sweden. It seems that Sweden and the U.S. are, in one way, opposite sides of the same coin. Whereas here, it is politically incorrect to say you are a feminist, in Sweden, it is deadly to say you are not. But in both countries, there is a significant pay gap, increased rape and sexual assault, and a rise in violence against women.

According to one of the women in the feature, Swedish women felt they had done all they could do for themselves, so they began to explore the socialization and behavior of men, and that did not go over well with the male population. Therein also lies the difference between Swedish women and American women: Women in Sweden feel their collective consciousness has been sufficiently raised, and here in the U.S., it appears the collective consciousness has been lowered. To ground level.

8 Comments:

That's for sure. I need to move to Sweden. I got pepper spray and a good guard dog.

By Blogger Helen Wheels, at 7:49 PM  

Wow, newsflash -- half the population objects to the thought of being tarred as misogynists and rapists simply for being male. Who knew?

By Anonymous b, at 11:33 PM  

Oh gee whiz, b, women should just put up with increased rape and other forms of violence, as well as being paid less for doing the same or more work, just because some men might get their widdle feewings hurted?

Here's one for you: why don't you freaking grow backbones and spines so you can face the truth about yourselves and women don't have to go on suffering?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:32 PM  

Damn, this is why one should not post during the immediate aftermath of reading a post displaying the positively obscene levels of entitlement disorder as b's.

The above should read: "grow THICKER SKINS and spines".

And should be attributed to me: Crys T

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