Danish women resemble men in red shoes
Information (a danish newspaper) has talked to two Palestinian sisters, Faten Taha and Sahar Taha, and asked them to describe the typical Danish woman. And here she is: "She has a flat, red shoes and jeans. Then she obviously wear a jacket and short hair. And yes, absolutely no makeup. "Bon Appetit, the Danish woman can apparently only be distinguished from the Danish man on shoe color (and vice versa). Although the sisters are brought up with that beauty is no shame to strive for and that it must be nurtured, maintained, preserved and be put under attention throughout life. They are therefore in high heels, whether it rains or snows, for beauty is important, unlike here in Denmark, where there has gone bicycle-helmet in the aesthetics and the practical set over beauty.
Are the two sisters right? (Read more here: http://www.information.dk/249920
Yes, says author Suzanne Brøgger, Queen of turbans and heavy eye makeup. She believes that in Denmark there is a fundamental conflict between beauty and female emancipation.
"It is an underlying idea which has always been there, resulting in part from the Protestant spirit in which it is not the outer, you have to grow, but its internally. There, one can say, that the feminist rebellion did well in keeping with that tradition. Here one would not as a woman in any case be seen as an evil picture of the woman. Nobody wants to look like the negative image of the woman. Nobody wants to look like the whore or witch. "
Brøgger also believe to know that "when young women begin to make-up and take eye makeup on, they immediately noticed the little shame. Their mother, grandmother or aunt's disapproving gaze. "
She's backed up by writer Pia Fris Laneth and gender researcher Anita Frank Goth, who says there are more and more rules and expectations for women over the years and that it is also the hallmark of the liberated woman that she must constantly be prepared for new activities - you have to cope with rainpuddles and mud if the weather gets bad. Puk Revisited (danish girls book from 70's I think). Pia Fris Laneth also states that "it remains undeniably a very great relief to be free from worrying about the appearance. One can instead be confirmed as a thinking being. "
If there here seem to be reproduced many aged feminist ideas about women, then check out the article's commentary track. Here it is also full throttle with high heels ill-effects on posture, that makeup is harmful, just natural beauty is real and that life is too short for women who spend more time on their appearance than to read newspapers. Boring.
But Suzanne Brøgger is quite right that women's liberation has inherited a good portion of Protestant puritanism, on the other hand, it is more doubtful if the generations that come after her, experience the shame she's talking about. Personally I do not. But it's always fun to see kæphest (= hobby-horse, hyperbole for one's favorite topic) come on seasonally indeterminate grass, Gee, Gee, and you may wonder why the journalist did not get a comment from women born on the other side of 1965. Or from a man.
For interestingly enough, no one points out that women are doing something out of themselves for their own sake - as well. The underlying premise is that we only do it for the man and doing something for men is prohibited and wrong and a clear sign that one is not free. Remember, the liberated woman is characterized by its knickers and readiness to sprint in the rain / walking in the mud and jump over puddles. Remember also that by not thinking about how you look, one can be recognized as a thinking being. Otherwise, no? Ask Pia Fris Laneth.
Viewed from the two Palestinian women's perspective, Danish women suffers under the anachronism that equality is about being the same, and they wonder fully justified over the fact that feminism has tried to throw beauty out with the bathwater.
Many others probably wonder that we can write 2010, now 2011, and still debate whether it is a real schism for women to be attractive to men, while being able to go their own ways. Brøgger call it one of the big difficulties, the Nordic emancipated woman is standing with.
It really is not. Most young women are Far Beyond that point. But the last to find out, appears to be ancient ladle children from feminism who still insist that women must play down or even out their gender to be taken seriously as a sex.