Not all people in the world look or behave the same. Some are small, some are tall. Some like to eat meat, some want to be vegan.
In Sweden – as in most other countries – people are divided into two main groups: female and male. Or rather women and men. This distinction is called “sexes”. To find out which “sex” or, say, gender you are, simply cross your legs tightly while sitting. If it hurts, you're probably a woman wearing the wrong underwear.
Genders in Sweden
Most Swedes have at least one of those aforementioned genders.
Gender equality in Sweden
How it (may have) developed
For many years, humans with the female gender have been discussing whether they should have more rights, like being able to vote, get higher wages, or have their husbands take as much care for the babies as themselves. Those heated discussions among women, while preparing food for the family at the stove, were widely spread back then. Consequently, women promoted an uproar – until the husbands came back from war.
In Sweden, men didn't have to go to war for the past 200 years. This made it much easier for Swedish women to convince their men about the benefits of a gender equal society
Now, Sweden finally reached (almost) total gender equality amongst the genders. At least in comparison to other countries.
More about Swedish culture & quirks, read
“How to be Swedish – A Quick Guide to Swedishness – in 55 Steps”, here on Amazon
Gender equality discussion
Nowadays, nearly everyone in Sweden agrees that women and men should have the same rights. You find an ongoing discussion about heavy gender inequalities in wages and the way how many (often quoted) old men still treat women without respect.
This has to come to an end. Says the “feminist” political party, fi Feministiska initiativ, by Gudrun Schyman. Which got 3,12% of all Swedish voters' support in the election for the parliament in 2014.
Stop being a macho or “not-modern”
Are you a man and used to make jokes about women's parking skills and sense of direction. If you are in Sweden you better stop it. Or at least wait until the next Thailand trip with your football mates.
Are you a mother and “only” taking care of your children although you've already taken all your “mammaledighet”, parental leave, you better come up with a good explainations why YOU and not your husband is dedicated to a full time motherly/fatherly support of your children, next time you talk to the other instagramming Swedish mothers sitting next to you on the playground bench.
More about feminism and gender equality in Sweden
- Feminism in Sweden (Wikipedia)
- Gender equality in Sweden (Swedish government)
- “What is it like to be a man in feminist-friendly Sweden?” (Quora)