Posts tagged "sweden"

Let’s All Move To Sweden, Where There’s A Vagina Mural At A Middle School

God bless the Swedes and their sensible, sex positive outlook! A middle school principal in Nykoping, Sweden has thrown his support behind a mural inside the school depicting a modern art-style vagina.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2014

Sweden Now Rating Movies Based On The Bechdel Test

Sweden has introduced a movie rating system based on the Bechdel Test, which assesses whether a movie features  two or more female characters, with names, who have conversations with one another about something other than a man. Now Swedes can easily decide whether to see a movie based on whether it treats women like human beings! Awesome.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 6, 2013

FEMEN Activists Ripped Off Burqas To Reveal Naked Breasts Inside A Swedish Mosque

Oh, FEMEN. Whether you respect their antics or think they're terribly offensive and annoying, you have to admit they're good at publicity stunts! The topless feminist activist group's latest hijinks? Going into a mosque in Stockholm, Sweden, while wearing burqas and then whipping off the veils to reveal their bare breasts underneath…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013

Sorry, You Can’t Name Your Kid “Mafia No Fear” In New Zealand

Oh, you were thinking of naming your son "Anal," and you live in New Zealand? Too bad! The country's Internal Affairs department vetoed the name, along with 76 others, claming they were inappropriate, bizarre or offensive. A sampling of some of the verboten names? 4Real V8 Queen Victoria . Yes, somebody wanted to name their…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 1, 2013

Swedish High School Debuts Gender Neutral Locker Room

Students at a Swedish high school have requested and received a gender neutral changing room as part of the school's locker room for any student that wants to use it. Soedra Latins upper secondary school already has male and female locker rooms, but students proposed last year that they have an additional space for student…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

Absolutely Terrible: Modeling Agencies Are Stalking Eating Disorder Clinics For New Models Now

Because skinny is more important than healthy, some modeling scouts in Sweden have taken to hanging around outside of eating disorder clinics to find new models. Yes, I'll say that again: modeling scouts are approaching girls -- some of them too weak to stand -- at the Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders and offering them…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 18, 2013

Sweden Shop Under Fire For Making Employees Reveal Breast Size

A lingerie shop in Sundsvall, Sweden, is in trouble for requiring that employees wear placards revealing their boob size. A Swedish employment tribunal (which sounds more smiley and blond than frightening) found the company guilty of gender discrimination, and awarded employees financial compensation for the gaffe.
By: Julie Gerstein / April 11, 2013

Controversy! Swedish Store Opts For Curvy Mannequins, World Implodes

A Swedish department store is at the center of a maelstrom of controversy after it used larger mannequins in its in-store displays. Spotted in a Swedish H&M, the move was lauded by the group Women's Rights News for offering up a more realistic example of what women's bodies look like, and more tha…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 15, 2013

In Sweden, You Can Pay To Pretend To Be Homeless For The Night

You've always wanted to know what it would be like to be homeless, right? (No, not at all). Wouldn't you like to pay for the privilege of pretending to be homeless for the night? (No, not really). Faktum Hotel, in Gothenberg, Sweden, will give you the opportunity. For just $10, you can get to be…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 21, 2013

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Received Disability Benefits For His Heavy Metal Addiction

Dear Roger Tullgren AKA The Guy Who Received Disability Benefits For His Heavy Metal Addiction, A lot of people claim to lead a heavy metal lifestyle, but as far as I know, you're the only one who has had three separate psychologists confirm that your obsession with heavy metal is actually a clinical addiction. After you…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 2, 2013

Swedish Teens Riot After Slut-Shaming On Instagram

High school students in Sweden staged a riot after a 17-year-old student posted a question on Instagram asking for "sluts" to be identified, which garnered a list of 200 pictures of 13- and 14-year-old kids. In response, other students — including older siblings — went after the original poster and then rioted in the street…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 19, 2012

Mommie Dearest: Why Toy Catalogs Make Me Roll My Eyes

Mommie Dearest is The Frisky's new biweekly column about being a mama. I have a love/hate relationship with catalogs. There are some that I love to flip through and pretend that I have the money to burn. Who wouldn't want her own cotton candy machine, night vision goggles, or handcrafted teak patio furniture? (I don’t…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 29, 2012

Being A Nerd Is Bad (According To The Dictionary, Anyway)

With all the “fake geek girl” controversy spreading throughout the Internet, there’s been a lot of discussion about what it really means to be a geek or a nerd and how geekdom and nerddom relates—or should relate—to the mainstream. And now campaigners in Sweden have gotten into the fracas, petitioning the Swedish Academy to change…
By: The Mary Sue / November 18, 2012

Will Ferrell’s Very Will Ferrellian Swedish Old Milwaulkee Commercial

Pretty much everything Will Ferrell does is funny -- even in Swedish. Ferrell did a series of commercials in Sweden for Old Milwaukee, and in one of them, he even speaks the language. In this clip, taped directly off Swedish television, Ferrell says, "This is my boat. This is my woman. And this is my…
By: Julie Gerstein / October 21, 2012

Bacon Straight Out Of The Bottle

Bacon is awesome, right? I mean, I'm vegan and don't eat the stuff, but I can honestly say that my mouth waters every time I smell it. Which is why I am happy to tell you about Squeez Bacon, a real, actual product that consists of partially reconstituted bacon made into an easy-to-spread paste. Developed…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 22, 2012

Stephen Colbert Has A Great Plan For Sweden’s Twitter Account

So maybe you've heard about Sweden's weird Twitter experiment, wherein they're allowing perfectly average Swedish citizens to take over the country's Twitter account for a week at a time. The nation's current national Twitterer is a woman named Sonja, who seems mildly obsessed with Hitler and Jews and "The Little Mermaid." Don't believe us? Check…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 13, 2012

Swedish Women Put Down Their Razors, “Take The Hair Back”

It all started--as many revolutions do--with a school librarian. Lina Ehrin, a 32-year-old librarian from central Sweden, was in the audience of a national Swedish singing contest when TV cameras captured a shot of her cheering wildly with her arms raised--armpit hair clearly exposed. A fan of the show posted a screengrab of Lina o…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 7, 2012

Swedish Principal Tells Teen Rape Victim That “Guys Do This Kind Of Thing”

You're on notice, Sweden. You are supposed to be the land of gender equality, meatballs and easy-to-assemble LACK coffee tables. So what is this about a school principal telling a teenaged student who was raped that "guys do this kind of thing, you have to get used to it?"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2011

Swedish Man Receives Disability For Heavy Metal Music Obsession

For some, music isn't just a hobby, it's a way of life. Take Swedish heavy metal fan Roger Tullgren. How much does he love heavy metal? So much. In fact, he successfully petitioned the Swedish government to classify his heavy metal obsession as a disability. Now, thanks to an in-depth psychological analysis, the 42-year-old part-time…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 25, 2011

Swedish Taxi Boss Emailed Staff Pix Of Secretaries In G-Strings For Christmas

Most inappropriate Christmas card ever: the boss of a Swedish taxi company emailed holiday greetings to his staff featuring pictures of the company's secretaries' bottoms as they bent over in g-strings. According to IceNews, the Orebo taxi boss asked employees to match the secretary to the ass depicted in the photo in a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2011
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