Sweden's insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women
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Sweden's insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women
Quote:Boys will be girls, as they say in Sweden, especially if you're Toys R Us. The firm's Swedish franchise has been through its Christmas catalogue and made it gender-neutral. Boys now pucker up to the camera clutching baby dolls. Girls wave guns at the reader to reassure us that females can be violent too.

It is difficult to be surprised. Sweden's anti-discrimination laws are as bizarre as they are magical. Hairdressers are not allowed to vary their prices based on gender, putting up the price of a short-back-and-sides towards the £50 mark. Taxis which used to offer special rates to single women going home late at night have been told to stop. Women can swim topless in public pools unless there is a law to require men cover their nipples. Stockholm District Court recently ruled that pregnancy was an illness. Activists are pushing to end gender specific pronouns in the language. More men than women now complain to the discrimination ombudsman.

How effective is this? Well, men still earn 35pc more than women at 20, which narrows to 24pc at 60 years old. This is despite women being better educated and a culture which strongly discourages stay-at-home mothers. Women face the highest rate of rape in Europe and a high rate of domestic violence (although lower than the British rate).

The point is not that the Swedish experiment of treating women as men has been a failure, but that it has succeeded. As Natasha Walter argued persuasively in Living Dolls, the result of stripping women of their social roles as mothers has not been the development of a new balance in society which still respects women, but rather a sexual nihilism with which most women are instinctively uncomfortable. When all other points of differentiation are stripped away, what is left between the sexes is purely physical. As a result, we see a rise of a tits-and-ass culture that emphasises the physical because there is nothing else left. Women should have no doors barred to them in life, but a relentless focus on image does them no favours.

No boy grows up dreaming of being a princess. I find it hard to believe many little girls grow up wanting to shoot people. This make-believe may salve the conscience of the Left, but it does society a great deal of harm, both here and there.

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2012 Nov 27 10:41
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RE: Sweden's insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women
An awful article, and from most of the articles referenced don't adhere to the writers worldview or what he picks out from them when you read them in full.

In fact, to an extent the Living Dolls books discusses culturally ingrained sexism. It almost argues for the kind of thing done to the Toys R Us catalogue, a lack of portraying 'biological determinism'... because in its usual form babies are for women to care for, guns are for men to kill. Rolleyes
2012 Nov 27 11:24
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RE: Sweden's insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women
If this becomes something normal overthere, soon we'll have to build a cordon sanitaire around Scandinavia, to prevent master race ideas like this from spreading.

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2012 Nov 27 11:30
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Quote:No boy grows up dreaming of being a princess.
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This particular quote reminded me of a book (My Princess Boy) written by a mother whose young son, Dyson, enjoys dressing up in tiaras and tutus. On her website, Cheryl Kilodavis says:

Quote:My Princess Boy is a book about acceptance. It is based on my son Dyson, a self titled Princess Boy. The book tells the story of a 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by enjoying “traditionally girl” things like jewelry and anything sparkly or pink. It is also the story of my struggle with the challenge of supporting him when he dresses up, and the solid unconditional support and love he received from his older brother, Dkobe, and his father, my husband Dean. My hope is our story will help others to start and continue a dialogue about unconditional friendship and teach children — and adults — how to accept and support children for who they are and how they wish to look.

There is also a quote from Sharon Osbourne:

Quote:“Dyson, you just make me feel happy. I look at you and I smile. My Princess Boy is great message of tolerance and acceptance and if there was more of this, we would have no wars.”

Wow, no more wars? ;)

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A little anecdote of my own... my younger brother wanted a doll of a baby, and my mother bought him it. I remember thinking it was odd... but all was redeemed one day. In infants school the playground overlooked that of the nursery one. I saw my brother walking along in the nursery yard, doll in hand. Out of nowhere a kid on a tricycle flew into him and knocked him over. My brother immediately stood back up, swung a punch at this kid and knocked him off the tricycle. As my brother then took the tricycle and rode off from it doll still in hand. I remember thinking something along the lines of 'Fuck yeah! That's my brother.' cool
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RE: Sweden's insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women
(2012 Nov 27 10:41)Erwann Wrote:  
Quote:Girls wave guns at the reader to reassure us that females can be violent too.

As if we needed any further proof.


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RE: Sweden's insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women
Thought about the 'highest rate of rape' -- does this take into account different regimes of reporting and also the different (and more 'tight') criteria of rape in Sweden?

Quote:No boy grows up dreaming of being a princess. I find it hard to believe many little girls grow up wanting to shoot people. This make-believe may salve the conscience of the Left, but it does society a great deal of harm, both here and there.

When I was a kid, I always changed what I wanted to be. For a while, I wanted to be Rocky.

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Some of the laws are a little silly, yeah, but I'm certain the author cherry-picked the most absurd ones.

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2012 Nov 27 15:37
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(2012 Nov 27 14:03)Violet Wrote:  "My Princess Boy is great message of tolerance and acceptance and if there was more of this, we would have no wars.”

A feminine boy doesn't go to war? I wish these feminists would make up their minds. Just the other day a female historian tried to prove that women make war as much as men do. coffee
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Quote:My Princess Boy is a book about acceptance. It is based on my son Dyson, a self titled Princess Boy. The book tells the story of a 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by enjoying “traditionally girl” things like jewelry and anything sparkly or pink.

What the fuck are these people doing to children?!!

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(2012 Dec 01 16:21)Kristel Wrote:  A feminine boy doesn't go to war? I wish these feminists would make up their minds. Just the other day a female historian tried to prove that women make war as much as men do. coffee

Yeah because Feminists are a mass of homogeneous thought and Sharon Osborne is one of their leading intellectuals. Tongue

And if you are talking about the Daily Mail article, well, read between the lines of Daily Mail sensationalism or don't read it.
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