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Christian Christensen @ChrChristensen
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(1) Jordan Peterson is in Sweden, so, of course, we're having a national discussion about "the crisis of masculinity" and "feminism" attempting to neuter men. This is mostly nonsense. Here are a few things that, as I see it, Sweden does to enable adult discussions about gender.
(2) Paid parental leave (male & female): impact is loud and clear. It allows Swedish women to re-enter the workplace after childbirth, and allows men to take greater responsibility for domestic labor & raising kids. And, kids stop associating only women with domestic work.
(3) Despite hysterical headlines like this, most preschools in Sweden don't "teach boys to wear dresses." They just hold a responsible line when it comes to gender by not ascribing predetermined gender roles. From what I have seen, that leads to kids who are relaxed & happy.
(4) The city of Stockholm ruled that it would ban all public advertising that it deems to be sexist or offensive. This sends the message that people, including kids, should not be subjected to sexism. It's a great rule that sends a clear message about citizenship & public space.
(5) The word "feminism" has been (largely) de-mystfied in Sweden. That's not to say that everyone likes the word, but that the cartoonish dismissal of feminism and feminists as ultimately gave way, thus allowing for what I called more "adult" discussions.
(6) Sweden also has some of the broadest legal definitions of "rape" in the world, including a 2018 law that criminalizes sex without consent, even where there is no threat/coercion. This, in addition to Sweden making more effort than most nations to encourage reporting of rape.
(7) Living in Sweden as a man, I can say this isn't a nation of "man-hating feminists." It's easy to live here as a man. The fact that Sweden has progressive policies doesn't mean that it isn't still a male-dominated society. The examples above are part of an ongoing process.
(8) So, of the things I listed above, which ones threaten male identity? Rejecting pre-determined gender roles for little kids? Rejecting public sexism? Giving BOTH parents the material possibility to raise kids and take part in domestic labor? Protection against sexual assault?
(9) If feminism is all about "man-hating," and Sweden is the center of feminism, then explain how men not only function here, but thrive? It's because the nightmare stories about "forcing boys to become girls" are smokescreens to avoid deeper, more uncomfortable discussions.
(10) Before Sweden, I lived in the US (my home nation), UK & Turkey. If men had to tolerate the level of vitriol leveled against women & "feminists" in those three countries, most wouldn't last a week before demanding immediate action. That's a place to start the discussion.
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