What with #swedengate , might as well start talking about some parts Swedish racism that I've been studying.
If there is anything in this thread you'd like to boost, I'd very much appreciate it.

Sweden formed laws against hate speech in 1949. That's a few years after WWII, as you'll notice.

At that time, most other countries had anti-nazi laws. Sweden refused to establish any such laws, and pointed at Freedom of speech.

Now, since it was allowed to print nazi propaganda in Sweden, a lot of people started doing that, and then mailing the stuff abroad.
Other countries, who were more anti-nazi, didn't like this. They put pressure on Sweden, and we got our laws against hate speech.

Those laws exist because Sweden was a beacon of Nazi propaganda, and other countries put pressure on us.


Oh, and if any of this sounds like any techbros you've seen, that's because it is the same shit.
De-platform nazis, always. De-federate anyone who lets fascists speak.

It's the oldest trick in the book, it works, and it's been a vital part of the freedom of speech from the start.

forced sterilization, racism 

Sweden had laws of forced sterilization of the general population until 1976, and of transgender people until 2013.

The law stated that they should sterilize people who were "mentally ill".
This term was of course targeted against coloured and poor people. It targeted women who lived without a man, single mothers, anyone marginalized. There are very clear patterns as to who was considered mentally ill, and who got a free pass.

This whole idea of sterilizing people from certain groups speaks of the racism that is at the heart of swedish thinking and culture. Most of it was no longer legal from 1976, but as we see with how long we sterilized transgender people - 2013 ffs - the idea that this is a good thing is very much still present.

And it is very much directed towards coloured people, towards BIPOC people, and towards Muslim people.


forced sterilization, racism 

@panina Still better than Finland at least, we still have the sterilization law for trans people

forced sterilization, anti-trans hate 

@SigmaOne I did actually not know that.
Do you know anything about that law? I'm curious about their reasoning for it.

In sweden, they claimed that the reason for the sterilization was that the paperwork would get messy. They had a "dad" box, and a "mom" box och their birth form paperwork, and it would just be hellish to sort out the paperwork if trans people weren't sterilized.

That's basically the only rationalization for it I've heard.


forced sterilization, anti-trans hate 

@panina @SigmaOne ah yes, forcing people to go through i wanted surgery in order to make sure they fit into some boxes invented by bureaucracy

forced sterilization, anti-trans hate 

@IngaLovinde @SigmaOne yeah. It says something about sweden, that the government thought that this would be an efficient argument.
And that cis people generally accepted it.

forced sterilization, anti-trans hate 

@panina @IngaLovinde Finland as well, although here they didn't really even try that much as @Stoori pointed out in another reply

Would be interesting to hear experiences from other nordics as well, particularly Norway since it's the third "large" one

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