Yes, there is such a thing: Feminist Snow Removal.
Politicians in Stockholm said the policy of “gender-equal” snow removal has failed after the weather brought Sweden’s capital to a standstill last week, with hospitals reporting a fourfold increase in broken bones.
The city switched to a “feminist” system of clearing snow last winter but last week’s burst of snow, which threw the city into chaos, has cast doubt on its effectiveness.
You might wonder what it would be. Basically it sets priorities for snow removal that women want. Just like the rest of Feminism. Perhaps priorities should be set such that the greatest good results; but apparently not.
Hundreds of thousands of people were affected, with the majority of bus routes put out of service and commuters having to wait in queues for several hours.
Yes, indeed. Not in the greatest good.
Previously, fresh snowfalls were cleared first from main roads and by areas like construction sites before being removed from pavements and cycle lanes. As men are more likely to drive and women more likely to travel on foot, more women slipped on the ice which led to complaints that the system was sexist.
So why are the men driving? Perhaps it is because they are going to and from work. Why are the women walking? Perhaps to go to coffee shops or to get groceries. Perhaps people who know Sweden well could comment.
Vice-mayor of Stockholm, the Green Party’s Daniel Helldén, admitted that “equality snow removal” had failed the city, and apologised to residents who had injured themselves as a result.
It is about equality they say. But is it? What might it really be about?
When the Red-Green coalition, comprising politicians from the Social Democratic Party, Green Party, Left Party, and Feminist Initiative, were elected to City Hall in 2014 the introduction of a “feminist” snow clearance was high on the agenda.
The Reds and the Greens together, what could have been better? If Feminist Snow Removal is high on your agenda, then apparently there are not so many other problems to be solved. Though somehow, I think there are. Stockholm, being the capital, probably is living high off the hog, while the rest of the country is suffering from ignored issues.
But police last week said the system is so bad, with ambulances unable to make their way along Stockholm’s roads, it posed a danger to society. Officer Fredrik Ståhle branded the conditions for drivers in the city “deplorable”.
Once again, we see the results when Feminist Ideology meets reality. It is not pretty. This happens time and time again. Can anybody come up with an aspect of Feminism that has been a net win for women?