Monday, November 24, 2014

Swedish women need a new word

Sweden is a feminist paradise, with lesbian divorce, 80% of kids born out of wedlock and no parental rights, and now the seek a Swedish word for their favorite activity:
The idea for the contest emerged after a member of RFSU - a national not-for-profit organization which aims to promote an "open, positive view of sex and relationship issues" - brought up the absence of a specific word for female masturbation in the Swedish language at a bi-annual meeting of the group in 2013.

"Rather than sit around amongst ourselves talking about it, we thought we would launch a nationwide competition," Kristina Ljungros, a spokeswoman for the association told The Local.

"We are trying to put sexuality on the agenda - the positive aspects, not just the negative ones like sexual abuse. We want to focus on the good parts, the lust".

"When it comes to masturbation, people mostly think about just men doing it and we don't think of it as common for women. If we don't have a word in the language, how can we even talk about it?" she argued.
They all speak English anyway, don't they?

Meanwhile, we are getting rid of English words:
ELON, N.C. – Elon University has dropped the term “freshman” from its vocabulary and replaced it with “first-year,” a move made official this fall and implemented in everything from its website to orientation workshops.

The change at the small, private liberal arts college in North Carolina was done to promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity, and ensure the campus did not promote sexist stereotypes or create a hostile and unsafe environment for female students, campus officials said in interviews with The College Fix. ...

“The term has often been felt to refer to the vulnerableness of young women in college for the first time,” Royster said. “Given the rates of sexual violence perpetrated against women on college campuses, it is useful to examine any use of a term that suggests that a group of people just entering college might be targets for such violence in any way.”
So some boy might rape a girl if she is called a freshman, but not if she is called a first-year student? This is nuts.

1 comment:

paulmurray said...

A common fault in the arts and humanities is to believe that the world is made out of words. Plato's mistake - to confuse the map for the territory.