Archive | February, 2013

Too many men in the Eurovision Song Contest selections

25 Feb

It’s not possible to describe the situation in Sweden without touching the subject of feminism. Sweden has a very rabid form of radical feminism, and it would require quite an effort to just scratch the surface. I’m definitely planning on returning to this topic in the future. One thing is clear – if you’re associating Sweden with free sex, swedish magazines (porn magazines), Ingmar Bergman and other equivoke things – that was a very long time ago. Sweden has, with help of the swedish feminist movement, become more victorian than liberal when it comes to sex. A book that can shed light on the topic is Oscar Swartz “A brief history of swedish sex”. It mentions Assange in the title, but that part is very short. However, the Assange trial says quite a bit about the overall situation here. It stinks.

Here’s a typical example of swedish feminism in media. This saturday there was a semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Apparantly, this year is a year when the songs performed by male artists have had better success than the contributions sung by the female artists. An outrage, of course! We need quotas!!! Media has published quite a few articles on the subject. “Old, white men’s domination”. Gender power order. Note that the songs are selected by the swedish people, via a telephony voting system.

Now, the interesting thing is that out of the songs representing Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest the last five years – four out of five have been performed by women. “Finally time for a women!” (again). “Sweden is represented by a feminist!” (about Loreen last year). No talk about quotas at all! This year, when there is only one woman in the finals (yet), the irritation is beginning to turn into rage. “Something has to be done!” “Shouldn’t there be 50/50 in the finals?”.

Another thing to note is that one of the performers is a certain Behrang Miri, who made headlines a while ago when he, as an “artistic director” on Kulturhuset (House of culture) in Stockholm, started some kind of of “racist material cleansing”. The Tintin-books were thrown out, something that he explained was the beginning of his “artistic vision”. People, amazingly enough, got pretty upset! But poor Miri has friends high up it seems, since he got prime time on television this saturday with a rap song. Rap is the thing, you know. If you don’t like rap music – you’re a racist. At least that was the general opinion of swedish media at Lucia, when swedish television made the decision to bring a suburb rapper into a delicate, traditional swedish performance. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to show video from the performance since SVT did their best to remove the clip from sites like YouTube. How surprising that the support for the Swedish Democrats reached new heights after that (which always results in an outcry). My God, what do these idiots expect? I mean, really?? Are they for real???

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A bit of background

22 Feb

Ah, there is so much I could tell you I don’t know where to begin. You should have been given some background but it would require a whole book. A starter might be Mikael Jalving’s book “Absolute Sweden” and by simply bringing that one up I’ve become one of the accursed. You see in Sweden there is a pretty line which divides the population in the good and the evil ones. Sweden has a reputation of being a country that holds freedom of speech very high, and it’s true in one sense – you don’t get into jail for blasphemy f.ex. but the social stigma is enormous. There are topics you’re not allowed to question here, if you do so you might end up in deep trouble.

1. Immigration
This is by far the most dangerous topic today. You WILL get into trouble by participating in the immigration debate as a public figure. You might lose your job, in the worst case you will actually be exposed to physical violence. Political persecution. Fredrik Reinfeldt, our prime minister, has made some remarkable statements himself about the Swedish Democrats (=those whose name must not be mentioned!) – that the members of this party more or less deserve what they get if they become victims of physical violence. I repeat: this is something that is coming from the prime minister! It pretty much sums up the general view of the establishment. Swedish Democrats are described as racists and nazis in media (yes, there are probably a bunch of racists in that party, but there are racists in the other parties as well. More on that later).

Now that it’s up: this blog has no connection to the Swedish Democrats, nor any other party whatsoever. I don’t believe in party politics. However, I confess that I feel sympathy for SD (the Swedish Democrats), by the way they’re treated. It’s inhumane.

2. Feminism
This is another very dangerous subject, but not by far as dangerous as immigration. However, if you have a certain position in the public sector you may very well lose your job if you criticize feminism in public. It’s definitely not good for you career to do so.

3. HBT
Homo, gay, transsexuals, bisexuals (now that I think of it bisexuals are not as high in rank as homo. Homo trumfs bi!). These are very dangerous grounds.

3. Global warming
You should NOT criticize global warming. Only racists and women haters do that.

4. Abortion
Those who dare to say anything about the abortion laws, or ideas such as Sweden allowing women from abroad to come here for subsidized abortions, are all women haters, racists, anti-global-warming, etc…

5.

No, wait… Let’s stop. This list can go on forever. I recommend listening to this interview with Mikael Jalving  to form your own opinion. Jalving, to me, doesn’t sound like a racist. However, he made a terrible mistake. He happened to speak at the same convention as members of the Swedish Democrats. That’s bad. That’s very very bad. He is immediately sorted into “of those you shall not speak”.

This is what the debate looks like here. You don’t debate with arguments – the argumentation is about who is good and who is evil. If a sane person is seen to talk with one of the evil guys – he’s evil too. No matter how sensible you are, you’re so easily labeled as evil. Unless of course you happen to be a member of the immune groups – immigrants, women, gay, transsexual, environmental activist etc. And when you’re evil you’re evil. You’re out! It doesn’t matter what you say anymore. All that you said before doesn’t matter. You deserve the persecution. The ridicule. Persona non grata.

A prime example of swedish media

Let’s take an example, a HOT topic today! Now THIS is the essence of the discussion among journalists. This is THE interesting debate! Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

A lecturer in Dalarna gets a mail from a student, Mehran Mahmoudi, where the student explains that he’s been accepted to the lecturer’s course, and wonders if he can get information as to where to log in on the Intranet for the course. The lecturer thinks he forwards the question to his assistant, but by a mistake – the student gets it as a reply. The reply (which was for the assistant) says:

“Can you help Mohammed? He is probably coming straight from Mecca.”

The student posts the conversation on Facebook and soon it reaches media, where there is much rejoicing where journalists once again get the chance to compete over who is  most offended (on behalf of the student), and as to who can condemn this terrible racist nazi lecturer the most. The lecturer also happens to be a local politician – not for the Swedish Democrats, thank God, or journalists would have begun commiting suicide just for the sake of living in the same country as someone so evil!

It wasn’t nice, but for goodness sake, where are the proportions? The lecturer is now suspended from his job while an investigation is conducted, although he immediately apologized when the student mailed back and asked him about it.

Now that’s what I call Sweden!

Read more about the story on Flashback. I try avoiding linking to swedish media – if you’re interested in the story you’ll find lots of links in the Flashback thread. Flashback is in itself another topic, but hey, that’s another day. Think of it as a swedish version of 4chan.

Introducing Tales from Sweden

21 Feb

What happened? What happened to the country where I grew up? Not that it was that idyllic that some people seem to think. We only had two TV channels and the shows for us kids didn’t seldom consist of czech cartoons and that dreadful clown which ruined the wednesdays (after being served the mandatory wednesday fish dish for lunch at school). Growing older I’ve come to realize that this country wasn’t that far from the DDR, and many times I believe it still hasn’t changed much in that aspect.

There’s something rotten in the country of Sweden. There’s a lot of good as well, but I’m thinking of the political situation. The media. The deafening silence at lunch at the workplace. People are afraid to speak, and from what I hear and experience – this is something new. Sweden has always been known for being a country where consensus is important, but what has happened last years is something new. To me it appears as if Sweden is currently in the middle of a pretty dramatic situation. There is a disturbance in the force. New political powers challenging the current rulers, which are fiercely defending themselves. It’s ugly, and it will be a lot worse before it’s over.

My plan is to bring up the typical Swedish media discussions and give you a feel of what the political climate is like here. It’s insane. I feel like I wake up to a new Khafkaesqe episode each day. If you think you know anything about Sweden, you didn’t. It’s time to show the world what it’s really like here.