When reading comments on Eivind Berge’s blog, I notice some Norwegian people defend feminism from accusations that feminists themselves openly admit to be true.
1) “The Norwegian law against buying sex was an issue of moralism, not feminism”
Some say the law criminalizing sex buyers was mainly motivated by seeing prostitution as gross/morally wrong/indecent, but really, I have some published articles, written by feminists themselves, admitting that they wanted this and contributed to this. Women’s Front was working against prostitution for 30 years. They agree on thinking of all buying of sex as violating women’s human rights. The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions voted in favor of criminalizing the buyer, putting pressure on the government. Women’s Front supported it, while Network against Criminalization (initiated by a woman formerly involved in prostitution) was against it. Young feminists convinced The Socialist Left Party and Labor Party that there is a connection between trafficking, prostitution and demand, so the buying got criminalized. If the article is hard to find for you, just look at this link:
”Kvinnefronten ble stiftet i 1972, og har opp gjennom årene gjort seg gjeldene i for eksempel kampen for selvbestemt abort, kampen mot porno, og kampen for den nye sexkjøploven”
2) ”Norway is not a feminist state”
Well, depends on what you define as feminist state. Norway has specific organizations and state activities that are especially made to create equality between the sexes (here is one of them: http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/bld/tema/likestillingsomradet.html?id=1246 ) . We most definitely have what they call state feminism, which is feminism influencing the state, and making it create feminist laws. We’re also using a lot of money on trying to create equality between the sexes. Curriculum for KFL1010, a gender studies subject at university of Oslo, agrees( http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/annet/skk/KFL1010/h11/pensumliste.xml ). In the 70s, they tried to create a more gender neutral equality law, but some feminist groups demanded a more positively discriminating one (with the assumption that women are worse off, so you gotta use state power to correct this irregularity), so I guess they modified it, and now we have stuff like affirmative action for women, for example. Gender studies researchers influenced this decision.
So I guess if feminists say all this about themselves and what they do, I have no reason to doubt them.
1. Strom, A., A glimpse into 30 years of struggle against prostitution by the women’s liberation movement in Norway. Reproductive Health Matters, 2009. 17(34): p. 29-37.
2. Holst, C., Hva er feminisme? 2009: Universitetsforlaget. P. 114-119.
3. Jørgen Lorentzen, W.M., Kjønnforskning. 2009: Universitetsforlaget.P. 103-104.