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Friday, October 14, 2005

Poetic justice

Back to the Swedish Feminist Party, which continues its descent into total absurdity before it even makes it to its first election. One of the founding members, Ms Tiina Rosenberg,

has resigned from the board of the party over allegations of plagiarism. She is a professor of gender studies in Stockholm. Now it isn't clear how serious these allegations are, but apparently the media pressure has just been too much.
Tiina Rosenberg, with her outspokenness on the not insignificant subject of men and alleged bullying of other board members, has borne the brunt of the criticism. She says that homophobia and media pressure are the forces behind her departure.
Yes, Tiina is a lesbian (how on earth do we get two posts each on lesbians and plagiarism in one day???) and naturally the homophobes are leading the charge of her downfall. Says Gudrun Schyman, former leader of the Left Party (the party formerly known as Communist) and current Feminist leader
"She has been highly exposed, both by the media and by homophobes in general."
This is of course the famed Gudrun of the "man tax" idea. But yes, homophobes. They have brought down yet another member of the Feminist leadership. So far there have been four, yes four, high profile founders to leave. Says Gudrun further
"What's happened to Tiina Rosenberg shows that there is powerful homophobia in society, which finds expression in serious attacks," she said.

"In media debates she has been reduced from being a researcher and teacher to being Sweden's dyke."
I'm sure it is terrible getting hate mail and being attacked over your sexual preferences. But is that really the reason?

For example, I wonder how Susanne Linde felt when she was forced to leave the party literally in tears (she was one of the other three to leave so far) when someone remarked to her
a good Moderate is a dead Moderate
Linde was a former member of the Liberal Party, which is allied with the Moderates against the leftist bloc. On learning that Linde was considering leaving the party the same person said
I’m glad that our intelligence reserve won’t fall with you.
Yes, that would have been Rosenberg on both occasions. With the loss of Linde the last pretense of being a non-aligned party was dropped and they swung violently left. I wonder if they have figured out yet why the far left parties are haemorrhaging female supporters.

Or maybe the case of Ebba Witt-Brattström, yet another of the four to leave, who was lucky enough to catch this from the delightful Tiina
women who sleep with men are traitors to their gender
Ahhhh, such sweet tolerance from the persecuted lesbian. But it goes rather well with shouting “fucking racist” at another Feminist member who had trouble pronouncing the name of Devrim Mavi who had just been elected as a spokesman for the party. Nicey nice.

So really, if they'd managed to get this poor persecuted petal to leave first then they'd still have a couple of other founders left and had a few less embarrasing episodes.
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Posted by Chefen | 10/14/2005 12:09:00 AM


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Man tax?!

10/14/2005 01:06:00 AM  
Blogger JamesP said...

"women who sleep with men are traitors to their gender"
What a charming thing to say about ones mother!

10/14/2005 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Believe me, "feminist politics" in Sweden is one mindbogglingly weird thing!

10/14/2005 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Er, where are the Men? Like the ones who stand up to this crap?

10/14/2005 01:17:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Beats me. They were talking a couple of weeks ago about getting some bloke on the board of this party to even things out, but I didn't pay that much attention. Most Swedes, men and women, seem to regard it all as a joke. Funnily enough. Swedish women are fairly forward in themselves without needing psyho-hosebeasts like these giving them advice.

10/14/2005 01:20:00 AM  
Blogger Psycho Milt said...

Women who sleep with men would be traitors to their sex, surely? (Ahem - and long may such invidious treachery predominate.) Dodgy translation, or is this one gender studies professor that doesn't know her sex from her gender?

10/14/2005 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Do these people actually have any representation in the Swedish, er, Parliament? Ahhh the depth of my knowledge is truly astounding...

10/14/2005 02:09:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

No, none yet. They formed just recently and are supposedly going to compete next year's election. They are mostly all remnants of the Left/Communist party now. What few reps they had from more liberal parties have left after all this bullshit from the likes of Rosenberg and Schyman. The only positive thing is that they have split some of the vote from the Left and Green parties, so under the MMP system here they are all looking a bit shaky.

10/14/2005 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

I think they mean gender (gender = genus and sex = kön in Swedish, all references have been to genus). Most of these wombles are the academics who view "gender" as a social construct, nothing to do with "sex". At least, I think, the numerous factions and ideologies are pretty hard to follow.

10/14/2005 05:19:00 AM  
Blogger Psycho Milt said...

Interesting. Gender is indeed the differences between men and women that are cultural rather than biological, so being a traitor to your "gender" is an odd concept, coming from an academic that specialises in the subject. It must have got even weirder and more convoluted since I was at University (which is admittedly a long time ago).

10/14/2005 06:03:00 AM  
Blogger darren said...

This is far more funnier than ridiculous than anything dreamt up by the "looney left" council s in 1980s Britain, especially London.
Keep up the good work Chefen.
I am sure fools are causing some harm to Sweden, even just the cost of taxpayers funding these nutters, but they give me a laugh on a morning.

10/14/2005 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

according to another source she said that women who sleep with men are traitors to their sex. So, who knows what the original emphasis was. Either way, pretty funny from someone blaming "homophobes" for her troubles.

10/14/2005 06:11:00 PM  

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