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Sweden: Women shouldn’t behave like princesses

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Women, stand up for yourselves in the subway!

An initiative last week called for men to be banned from sitting with their legs wide apart on Stockholm’s underground on the grounds that this leaves women with too little space.

The liberal tabloid Expressen writes that women shouldn’t behave like princesses but stand up for themselves instead:

If you don’t say anything and think it’s better to just listen and nod your head in admiration, that’s entirely understandable. That’s how women are brought up. But in the end it’s up to women to change their behaviour. To expect men to take responsibility and give up space isn’t progress. … Is it really a victory if men are replaced by women as the sexist enforcers of the norms? Because what we really want is equality, not a pink version of patriarchy.

Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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