Of bare breasts and now vaginas: Will Swedish PC madness ever end?
Breasts that offend adult women and Muslims are not fit for the Swedish parliament's dining room. But smiling vaginas are perfectly ok for school kids. We promise we are not making this stuff up
If Sweden didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent it: if only to keep the spirits up as the Western world swirls its way down a politically correct toilet, which brings me closer to the latest round of madness to engulf every Leftist's favourite European country.
Regular readers of The Commentator will remember the bare breasts in the Swedish parliament fiasco from late last year. To recap, the Social Democratic Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Susanne Eberstein, ordered the removal of a baroque painting featuring a (barely) naked woman -- see the picture in the article here -- from the parliamentary dining room where it had been hanging for 30 years.
That was on the grounds that a pair of baroque breasts could cause offence to women in general and visiting Muslim dignitaries in particular. But if bare breasts are too much for grown men and women, vagina art is apparently perfectly ok for school kids.
Sweden's English language website The Local is reporting that there was uproar when local authorities decided to paint over a mural of a smiling vagina on the school staircase in what, under the circumstances, is the unfortunately named town of Nyköping (pronounced - Knicker-ping).
"The backlash was not merciful; news that the mural was to be covered was shared extensively on social media. On [the artist] Carolina Falkholt's Facebook page, her fans sent her notes of support. "Isn't art supposed to stir emotion?" wrote one, while others said her work had contributed to an important dialogue.
"Others questioned the sanity of those who found the mural offensive in the first place."
The school is for 13-15 year olds and the principal was at his politically correct best in defending the mural and the artist on the grounds that he saw "many pedagogic advantages to having her art in the school."
The principal was immediately supported by local Left Party politician, Conny Jakobsson who -- in stark, as it were, contrast to the bare breasts in the Swedish parliament affair -- said he was against censorship.
"Should we censor this just because it depicts female genitalia?" The Local quoted him as asking. "Maybe the students think this is a really cool thing, that they have a school that dares!"
Oh dear. In conclusion, here's another thing politically correct Sweden dared to do.
Last November, Swedish authorities allowed a man in his 60s, a convicted paedophile who had molested a five year old girl and had committed more than 90 other crimes, to adopt a child of his own on the grounds he no longer posed a threat and had been rehabilitated, even though, reports said, the man was still "known to chat to young girls on the internet".
It's not quite so funny when you put this all together, is it?
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