There is no green tea bitch in Finland
Because they don’t see themselves as women
It’s 9102 years, everyone who often surfs the Internet must have heard it a lot“Feminism”this phrase.
However, after many malicious misinterpretations of marketing accounts, the word has deteriorated in the eyes of netizens and has become a very mocking symbol, which has also derived strange products such as localized “Chinese Pastoral Women’s Boxing”.
Instead, everyone forgot.“Feminism” itself is not for suppressing men, but for equal rights between men and women.
Despite the world’s efforts to do this, until now, gender equality has been an unresolved problem.
In this regard, the five Nordic countries represented by Finland are already at the forefront of the world, and it can even be said that it has become a half-matrilineal society.
“Women hold up half the sky” is not a slogan here, but a real phenomenon.
01 The youngest female prime minister in the world
Some time ago, Finland has set off a small upsurge in the world.
because they electedThe youngest female prime minister in the world—Sanna Marin, a 34-year-old Social Democrat and Minister of Transport of Finland.
It’s not a big deal, because it’s really no big deal for Finns who advocate gender equality.
Marin himself said,The youngest female prime minister in the worldThe title, which is far away from peers, is not worth caring about. “I never thought about my age or gender.”
I say it’s not small, because for us Gentiles, it’s really a matter of “content”.
All five parties in the coalition government she will lead will be led by women, and with her election,Finland’s coalition government will usher in an era of all-female leadership.
While this is not uncommon in Nordic politics, it is a spectacle in a “patriarchal” world.
Even former Prime Minister and Conservative Party member Alexander Stubb couldn’t help but tweet praise for Finland’s modernity and progress.
However, the scene of women contracting politics in Finland has been around for 19 years.
Finland’s first female president, Tarja Halonen, was elected in 2000 and was re-elected in 2006.
Since the 2011 parliamentary elections, women have represented 42.5 per cent, or nearly half of that figure, ranking among the highest in countries of equal economic status.
In 2007, Matti Vanhanen’s second cabinet made history as women outnumbered men in Finland’s cabinet for the first time (12 to 8).
All of this is inseparable from the constant struggle of Finnish women for their rights.Finnish women occupy too many “world firsts”.
In 1884, Finland had the first feminist organization to speak for women;
In 1878, Finnish women were given the same inheritance rights as men;
In 1873, the first Finnish woman entered university;
In 1906, Finland became the first European country in which women also had the right to vote and stand for election;
In 1907, the year after Finnish women were granted the right to be elected, 19 women were elected to parliament, accounting for nearly one-tenth of the parliamentary seats;
In 1926, Minna Hirampa became Finland’s first female minister, in charge of the Ministry of Social Affairs;
In 1980, Finland achieved its first government gender equality plan;
In 1987, the Finnish Law on Equality between Men and Women came into force…
For decades, the women’s movement has continued in Finland, winning more and more rights for them and getting closer to a future of equality between men and women.
It can even be said that in some cases, it has beenPatriarchal society becomes matriarchal society.
02 The life of a Finnish woman
What might a woman’s life environment be like growing up in Finland?
The education they received when they were literate was: there is no He/She, and his/her distinction is only Hän to represent the third person.
The word is said to have appeared in 1543 when the first Finnish textbook was published.
We can see that a 10-year-old girl skillfully saw and planed in the woodworking class, and completed an exquisite wooden box independently;
Boys of the same age may learn to knit sweaters in crafts class and cook in home economics class.
Older Finnish women might be pruning branches with chainsaws or lifting dead desks with male colleagues in the office.
And the handsome Finnish dad may be walking down the street with a stroller at this time, or facing a few old Finnish ladies who are swaying dumbbells in the gym.
If we can travel back to the period of the Soviet-Finnish War, we can still see the daunting scenes of the Finnish Detachment of Women fighting a strong Soviet army.
In Finland, it is as common for boys to learn to bake and cook as for girls to repair excavators, and there are women in high-ranking positions in all walks of life in society.
Even during the time of the female president, a child asked her mother seriously:“Can a man in our country be president?”
A few years ago, a sexual harassment law that stunned the world was passed in Finland. This law is:
It is sexual harassment for women to eat popsicles willfully in public places such as the office.
The fact that such obscure behavior can be listed as illegal basis shows how aggressive Finnish folk customs are.
Many international students living in Finland say,It is usually women who “free themselves” in public.
In Finnish public places, whether it’s a talkative adult or a chattering child, it’s mostly women who talk loudly and playfully.
On the contrary, most Finnish men adhere to the “abstinence” and “coldness” that Nordic men are used to, and rarely speak loudly on the street.
When women enter the working environment, they don’t have to worry about the ceiling of the workplace, nor do they have to worry about being forced to lose their jobs because of marriage or pregnancy.
Official leave can be taken 7 weeks before the expected date of delivery. Once a child is born, the state will give 8 weeks of paid maternity leave, and the government will also give up to 16 weeks of maternity subsidies.
When the child turns 3 years old, both parents can take 236 days of parental leave, taking turns taking the child until the second grade.
When you come back from maternity leave, the job is still waiting for you. Even if you are replaced, the company will prepare a similar position to fill the vacancy.
In this way, Finnish women still feel that they are not enough, and they also oppose “Women’s Day”.
The reason is that since men do not have a special festival, this festival dedicated to women is a product of a patriarchal society, and its existence means inequality.
Finnish man with baby
03 Finnish women are lucky
Meanwhile, Finnish men have had a tough time.
It is said that after a Finnish woman divorced her husband, she complained that her husband was too sissy: she would flatten the pillow in the bedroom to coax her child to sleep, and would call to ask her wife and child if she needed a Band-Aid after a fall…
“He is no longer the man in my mind.”
For such complaints, Finnish men also feel aggrieved.
“If we’re too ‘tough,’ women think we don’t respect them enough; we respect women, and they despise us for being too gentle.”
Male scholars at Finnish universities once raised a topic:With the current situation of inequality between men and women in Finland, how can we fight for equal rights with women?
While women in East Asian circles are still chanting the slogans of “equal rights for women” and “equal pay for equal work”, Finnish men are already thinking about how to “turn over and become masters”.
The World Economic Forum has published since 2006.Global Gender Gap Reporta small witness to this spectacle.
This report mainly conducts a comprehensive assessment of the ability to narrow the gender gap in the four areas of health, education, political participation and economic equality through surveys and statistics.
From 0 to 1, they represent “difference” and “parity”, the closer to 1, the more equal.
For nearly a decade, Finland has never been outside the top five in the Global Gender Gap Index.
Comparing it with China, we can see the gap. There is still a long way to go for equal rights between men and women in our country.
It is worth mentioning that in 2012, we were still 69th, but fell to 103rd in 2012. What happened?
This has to mention the most disappointing data:“Health and Survival” Indicators for Chinese Women.
We are ranked 149th out of all 149 countries surveyed,the last one!
And the key value that drags down this indicator is-newborn sex ratio.
What does it represent? Probably a large number of baby girls who were strangled under the idea of ”preference for boys over girls”.
At the same time, the mortality rate of suicide and intentional injury among Chinese women is higher than that of men.
The overall data on a global scale is that the suicide rate of men is higher than that of women. The abnormal situation that the suicide rate of Chinese women is higher than that of men has continued for many years, mainly because the suicide rate of rural women is relatively high.
The number one cause of suicide among women in rural China is family problems.
I don’t need to mention how serious the problem of “domestic violence” is.
In contrast, women living in Finland have to say they are very lucky.
Maybe many female friends will have the idea of ”hate for Finns” when they see this, but it’s not necessary.
The best quality of our motherland is “seeing the good and thinking together”. Although the current environment still needs to be improved, it is believed that a satisfactory answer will be given in the near future.
What we should do is to treat everyone with an equal attitude in life.
Of course, we firmly reject the “Chinese Pastoral Women’s Boxing”, which has only power but no obligation.
With meager power, light a spark for the road of equality, I am willing.
Finally, love & peace.