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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:46 pm 
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We Americans generally have no problem admitting the myriad ways in which our society is fucked up and flawed and misused by various elements within it. I guess that MIGHT be why we are the leader of the planet: a considerable capacity for earnest self-examination and self-reflection?


Could be.

Though on this board it's easy to get the idea that being the global leader is not a good thing. That being the global leader benefits only a select few (rich) Americans and millions upon millions of no good non-Americans.... :)


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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:16 pm 
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45637386

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Stefan Lofven: Sweden's parliament ousts prime minister

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Sweden's centre-left prime minister, Stefan Lofven, will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election that delivered a hung parliament.

Mr Lofven was opposed by 204 MPs, with 142 voting in favour.

The parliamentary speaker will now propose a new prime minister, with centre-right leader Ulf Kristersson seen as the most likely candidate.

Mr Lofven is expected to stay on as caretaker prime minister while his replacement is decided, in a process that could take weeks.

What happens next?
Mr Lofven, the leader of the Social Democrats, came to power in 2014.

In this month's election, his centre-left bloc won 144 seats, one more than the centre-right bloc led by Mr Kristersson.

Neither of the blocs intends to govern with the SD, the third-largest party in the new parliament with 62 seats.

A member of Mr Kristersson's Moderate party, Andreas Norlen, was confirmed as the parliament's new speaker on Monday, with the support of SD.

The splintered nature of the house makes securing a stable government tricky because:

Mr Lofven's party has ruled out backing a centre-right minority government
    Two of the four members of the centre-right bloc say they will quit if it negotiates a deal with the SD
    If there are four unsuccessful attempts to form a government, that will trigger fresh elections - something which has never happened before.


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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
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Either a new election, that will bring the same result. Or breakup of the traditional block policy. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
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"What do you do for a living Lars?"

"I get to decide if internet memes are sexist or not."

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Distracted Boyfriend meme is sexist, rules Swedish ad watchdog

Popular image of man ogling another woman deemed degrading and discriminatory

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The popular Distracted Boyfriend meme, based on a photo of a man turning away from his outraged girlfriend to stare admiringly at another woman, has been ruled sexist by Sweden’s advertising ombudsman.

The stock image, also known as Man Looking at Other Woman, by Antonio Guillem, a photographer from Barcelona, was named meme of the year in April and was one of the most widely shared memes in 2017, providing comment on anything from music to politics to hit TV shows.

The ombudsman said recruitment advertisements posted on Facebook by the internet services provider Bahnhof, which labelled the boyfriend “You”, the girlfriend “Your current workplace”, and the second woman “Bahnhof”, were gender-discriminatory, the Local reported.

“The advertisement objectifies women,” the ombudsman, RO, said. “It presents women as interchangeable items and suggests only their appearance is interesting … It also shows degrading stereotypical gender roles of both men and women and gives the impression men can change female partners as they change jobs.”

The ombudsman said the image objectified the two women by presenting them as workplaces, but the man as an individual, and added that the “other woman” was clearly a “sex object ... unrelated to the advertisement, which is for recruiting salespeople, operating engineers and a web designer”.

The Swedish advertising industry is self-regulating, meaning that the ombudsman can criticise ads but it does not have the power to impose sanctions.

The ad, posted in April, drew nearly 1,000 comments, many from women who complained it was sexist. “1. You really don’t want to attract women to your company,” one commenter, Susanne Lahti Hagbard, said. “2. You really don’t want to attract sensible guys either.”

Another, Sofie Sundåker, said: “It doesn’t matter if it’s a popular meme. If you do not see how this picture is sexist whatever words are on the people, you are clearly not a workplace for any woman who wants to be taken seriously in her work.”

The company said on its Facebook page that its aim had been “to illustrate a situation that shows Bahnhof is an attractive employer, and that people who have a slightly duller workplace might be interested in us. This was the situation illustrated in this meme.

“Anyone familiar with the internet and meme culture knows how this meme is used and interpreted. Gender is usually irrelevant in the context. We explained meme culture to the ombudsman, but it chose to interpret the post differently”.

If the company should be punished for anything, it concluded, “it should be for using a tired old meme”.

While it frequently features near the top of world gender-equality rankings, a 2016 study found Sweden was the worst of the Nordic countries at combating sexist advertising. This year, Stockholm council voted to bar ads deemed sexist or degrading from the city’s public billboards.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... dvertising

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
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I bet those morons couldn't even define what "objectifies women" really means, or explain why it is supposed to be a "bad" thing; nor even why "sexist" is a bad thing.

What we have here are a bunch of morons running with a feministalitarian ethos and zero comprehension of where or why they are running. It is utterly ridiculous, infantile and pathetic that these idiots regard their silliness as being in anyway important or valuable.

Does the meme deal with human behavioral themes orbiting issues of (1) sex differences; (2) gender identity; (3) relationship norms and ethics; (4) sexuality and relationships?

Yes absolutely it does all of these things. What it does NOT do is: (1) suggest that because of sex differences females are inferior or less human or less deserving of any rights or privileges (that is what "sexist" would actually mean to someone who was using the word in a coherent way); (2) suggest that there is a "normal" versus an "abnormal" gender or argue against or for any particular gender identity. The simple fact that the central anti-hero in the meme (the boyfriend) is clearly attracted to females does NOT imply he is cis-gendered nor hetero, nor does it necessarily imply anything his gender or that of anyone else in the photo. Assuming that the meme DOES do these things is false attribution committed by the small-minded ideologues in the Swedish Bureau of Proper Thought. All the meme tells us for certain is: boyfriend is impressed by the sexual attractiveness of "other woman" and "girlfriend" is outraged. She might be outraged for many reasons, but jealousy and/or a sense of betrayal are the most likely. (3 and 4) The meme does NOT portray this reaction by "girlfriend" in a negative light either. We all know that "boyfriend" is in for a rough time in the seconds immediately following that image, and few of us would be surprised if "boyfriend" found himself bereft of "girlfriend" pretty shortly AFTER that image was taken. If the fucking slackers in the Swedish Thought Regulation Police had actually STUDIED how the meme has been used they would understand that, all of this moral commentary is deeply packaged in nearly all reversions of the meme and are a central running joke. To sum it up: "Happy wife, happy life." That meme is that message in essence! NOT, fuck women I'll oggle them whenever I want and they cannot do anything about it . . .

Jeebus fucking christ why are people in so many Eurotalitarian government positions so goddamned stupid, meanwhile there are clearly plenty of brilliant 9 year olds watching Pewdiepie day-in and day-out . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
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nero wrote:
Or breakup of the traditional block policy. :roll:


Note though that from the Social Democrat viewpoint - to break up the traditional block policy only means to break up the right wing block...


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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
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Thought this was kinda apt to the "Other Woman" meme theme . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to Sweden
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Now wulfie, explain this:



Has Sweden joined the Trumpian effort against China and Chinese? :roll:

Just curious. ;)

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nero wrote:
Now wulfie, explain this:


The song deals with this incident:

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