Posted by: Katie Fustich
on Nov 08, 2013
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 ... Read More
Posted by: Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein
on Oct 24, 2013
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 ... Read More
Posted by: Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein
on Oct 17, 2013
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 ... Read More
Posted by: Shelby L Thompson
on May 22, 2013
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 ... Read More
Posted by: Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 25, 2012
Moms are awesome.
Case in point: the first uterus transplants from two mothers to two daughters have been completed in Sweden, in hopes that the two younger women will now be able to have children. A team of more than ten surgeons from the University of Gothenburg carried out the experimental procedures.
One woman was born without a uterus and the other lost hers to cervical cancer, so their moms stepped up and donated ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Christina
in Style File
on Aug 16, 2012
While Wonder Woman's invisible plane isn't the most plausible concept, two Swedish women thought that creating an invisible bike helmet was a possibility, despite what naysayers told them. The pair wanted to design head protectors that weren't as bulky as regular helmets, which they likened to "mushroom caps." The result of seven years of research and crash tests is the Hövdin, which looks akin to a fashionable scarf before it inflates. ... Read More
Posted by: Ariana Anderson
on Jul 11, 2011
A new preschool in Stockholm named Egalia, the Swedish word for equality, has declared its purpose “to free children from social expectations based on their sex.”
So how do you create a genderless environment? With a team of teachers/administrators who are passionate about gender equality, they’ve created some guidelines. First, they don’t reinforce gender through language; all of the students at the school are ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Julie
in Music Stuff
on Mar 01, 2011
The Dreijer siblings, Karin and Olaf, who make up the Swedish synth pop duo The Knife, don't like to show their faces in public a lot. However, they've volunteered to skill share their musical knowledge in a two day workshop for girls 12 - 18 this June. The workshop is part of Popkollo, a music camp for girls that has over 1600 members and takes place in 6 cities across Sweden.
In comment, Karin and Olaf said: "We think it’s great to ... Read More