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Imagine living in a country run by a feminist political party. Sounds sweet AF to me. Well Scandinavia, a place I imagine to be a progressive haven, is unsurprisingly leading the way in what The BBC is calling "the feminist political resurgence in Europe." The party, called Feminist Initiative (FI), was founded in Sweden in 2005 and launched in neighboring Norway this past spring. Norway’s demand for a feminist party started to increase about two years ago due to growing anger over government proposals to give doctors more power to refuse abortions (commence eye roll). Read More
The tampons have eyes in this Swedish music video– they are dancing tampons teaching kids about menstruation. From the Swedish television station Barnkanalen, catchy musical clips like these are combatting the stigma of periods by emphasizing that they're a healthy sign the body is functioning correctly. Alex Hermansson, one of the show's hosts, sings along, declaring we should "Hip Hip Hooray for Period!" while tampons dance.  Cute right? At the end, it kind of looks like Hermansson is thinking about taking a bite out of the tampon, but it's cool. Read More
We’re really digging the new EP from Swedish trio OLD. We don’t know too much about OLD but they are fairly NEW and the band is comprised of 3 friends, Johanna Tham, Constance Holmbäck and, Nina Sigurd who started making music in their apartment in Malmö 2 years ago, recorded one EP and recently moved to a studio to record four new fun, feminist songs. I’m a sucker for 3 part harmonies but coupled with lyrics like “hormones stole my sex life, give me my pleasure back,” we know we are not in normal “girl group” territory. Read More
As gaming enthusiasts can attest, the video game industry hasn't been very welcoming for women, and the way women are often depicted in games can be problematic. The Boston Globe reports on the atmosphere for women in gaming stating, "The billion dollar video game industry is growing quickly with the explosion of mobile gaming, but... Female game characters are hyper sexualized, and female workers are frequently subjected to unequal treatment, harassment, and hostile atmospheres. Read More
  Elections for the European Union will be held this Sunday, May 25th, and polls are predicting that Soraya Post will become the first candidate from the Swedish “Feminist Initiative” party (Fi) to take a seat in the EU parliament.   Soraya Post of the Swedish Feminist Initiative, Image Courtesy of  The Guardian  Fi’s feisty slogan, "Out with the racists, in with the feminists," makes the important point that feminism can be used as a platform for change in all forms of discrimination. Read More
The Swedish electronic group has added more US dates to their tour schedule, after an amazing response to their "Late Show" performance with David Letterman, and a run at SXSW. “Following appearances at Coachella and Canadian Music Week, Little Dragon will continue on the festival circuit with an appearance at Bonnaroo 2014. The band will run through the Southern US and will finish up this string of dates with a show at New York City's Terminal 5. Read More
ALL HAIL IKEA! I mean Sweden, right...Sweden. The land of moderately-priced decor, beautiful people, and delightful meatballs is out to make the world a better place. Swedish movie theaters are now incorporating the Bechdel Test into their ratings system, giving moviegoers the opportunity to know in advance which films treat women like, you know, humans and stuff.  If you're just tuning in, the Bechdel test "asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Read More
  In Sweden, it soon might be. It was a nice summer day on a Stockholm beach when an unfortunate gentleman, aged 65, got caught getting busy in the sand. Södertörn’s district court acquitted the man of sexual assault because he wasn’t masturbating to anyone in particular. Prosecutor Olof Vrethammar found the ruling fair and does not plan to appeal.    No longer a form of assault in Sweden, public masturbation may still fall under the “disorderly conduct” umbrella, but only time will tell. Read More
  Sweden officially has a gender-neutral pronoun for those who don’t identify with male or female pronouns. The word “hen” first came up in the 1960s, and in 1994, linguist Hans Karlgren proposed that the word “hen” be used universally to avoid mix-ups. Everyone could be referred to as “hen.”    Now the word refers specifically to individuals who identify as gender-neutral, and Sweden has made an official step towards accepting and validating those who aren’t necessarily defined within the gender binary. Read More
  It turns out that Gothamist isn’t the only one who had a hard time swallowing the latest in American Apparel sexism.  BUST dared to ask American Apparel for fair game with the nudity in the ad campaigns, and Swedish fashion designer Petter Lindqvist of byPM.se brought it! Fashion blogger and company product manager Michaela Forni teamed up with Lindgyist to create a gender-role reversal ad for the product Pretty Vegas trench. “We thought it was sick that American Apparel time and again gets away with such sexist advertising," Forni said. Read More