Five facts about Swedish girls
Swedish girls are not all easy. That is, they will not have sex with you just because. However, this is a well established myth, outside Scandinavia. I guess most people never met an actual Swede in their life and based their idea on some stereotype representation given by Hollywood movies and Californian porno.
Myths have always a source of truth
I guess the fact is that Swedish girls talk more openly — once you get them to talk — than other girls: it’s about culture, and gender equality. The Swedish education system is strongly aware of the risks of gender biased behaviors. In Italy, for example, it is common to hear a mother or a teacher telling to a girl “this is not how a proper girl should behave — or talk“, a sentence hardly repeated to a boy. So yes, maybe Swedish girls talk and behave like Italian guys.
Swedish girls are not all blond
Swedish girls are not all blond. For at least three good reasons. The first one being a merely statistical one. The second reason is maybe less known, outside Sweden: some 20% or so of Swedes have parents or grandparents born in another country. The heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria, is a good example of a Swedish brunette with a diverse ethnic background. The third reason is kinda fun: since there are too many blond girls, and in some way to defeat stereotypes, blond Swedes dye their hair with darker colors. So, whereas in the rest of the world most of blondish girls have to fight against the regrowth of dark roots, in Sweden it is not unusual to see blond regrowth on the most various shades of brown.
Topless Swedish girls
Swedish girls do not go naked to public places. The fact that feminist groups are fighting in Sweden for the right to bath topless in public swimming pools is all but sexual promiscuity. Actually, the idea is to de-sexualize the female breast: that is to remove any erotic significance or sexual feeling associated to the public exposition of mammary glands. There is a multiplicity of meanings associated to this initiative, from equality to annihilation of genders. What I find interesting is the contrast, in the Swedish culture, between this very advanced — for the rest of the world — proposal, and the fact that many Swedish girls have to fight for the right not to wear a hijab or to choose who to marry.
Swedish girls all dress up with H&M cloths. This is somehow true. Of course, there are also Zara, Lindex, Åhléns…
3 Swedish girls and Usain Bolt
So, I found it funny to read about 100-meters champion and gold medalist Usain Bolt, and the three Swedish girls he allegedly spent the night with. Bolt posted a picture on his Twitter account, posing with three players of the Swedish female handball team: Isabelle Gulldén, Jamina Roberts and Ulrika Ågren. However, a lot of speculation followed on tabloids around the world. And not to be accused of racism, every journalist avoided inappropriate comments on the guy’s background. But, wasn’t it a discriminatory preconception to infer anything more than what you see in the picture, just because the three girls were actually “Swedish girls“!?
A girl with an attitude
Josefin is a fourteen years old Swedish girl. Who works as photographer in Nyköping, a small town in Southern Sweden. Her story is here: http://theincredibletide.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/a-girl-with-an-attitude/