Is There A Nordic Feminism?: Nordic Feminist Thought On by Drude Fehr

By Drude Fehr

The Nordic nations proportion a unique cultural and political adventure. This ebook provides an interdisciplinary standpoint, overlaying the next components: women's political techniques from diversified historic, nationwide and text-orientated views; questions of id, rationality and subjectivity; and the prepared creation of social and cultural values. It makes an attempt to appreciate and current the world over many of the complicated adjustments in tradition and society that main issue girls and feminists within the Nordic nations this day.

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In a letter to Ellen Key in 1903 she wrote: It is true that I differ with you on one point—on the special nature of woman…I no longer occupy myself with that point. I am less interested in describing the nature of woman than I am with ensuring a place for her nature, be it fish, flesh or fowl. Either is fine with me (quoted in Carlsson Wetterberg 1994:81). It is this determination not to become bogged down in a discussion on the nature of women and men that permeates Frida Stéenhoff s writing. In conclusion, Frida Stéenhoffs feminism did not take as its point of departure an abstract concept of equality; it was a socially committed feminism that included demands for women’s right to develop in all areas of society while at the same time emphasizing the value of motherhood and the rights of children.

In the process of remaking that started in the Nordic societies in the early 1960s an immense new private/ public interspace has been created. This creation contains more or less strong elements of a new kind of social rationality, in other words a new kind of guiding principle for how to organize and carry out the new tasks which the advanced industrial/ postindustrial societies call for. Most importantly now, and increasingly, INTRODUCTION: AMBIGUOUS TIMES 17 people themselves—young and old, sick and healthy, skilled and unskilled— are simultaneously the workers, the work objects and, to a great extent, the means used in the work process.

However, few made this choice. The women who prioritized their professional work were usually single. The difficulties encountered by single, middle-class women trying to earn a living were seen by public debaters and decision-makers to constitute an important social problem, which demanded a solution. However, the solutions that were offered and implemented did not have equality as a goal. Instead, the actual solution was a strict division of labour with women as a rule ending up in the lowest positions in the hierarchy.

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