Today I’m Releasing My Swedish Book on Gender Issues

September 24th, 2012 by Pelle Billing


Today is a big day for me and my work on gender issues. I’m releasing a book about men’s issues and gender politics.

The book is in Swedish, so most of you won’t be able to read it. Still, I would think it’s interesting news to many of you that things are happening in one of the most (radical) feminist countries on the planet.

The title of the book roughly means “The Gender Equality Bluff”. This alludes to two different phenomena:

  • Men’s issues aren’t part of the gender discourse.
  • Swedish gender politics focuses on achieving statistical “gender equality” (an equal amount of women and men in all professions), instead of making sure that no discrimination is present.

The main message of the book is that gender policies need to include both women’s and men’s issues.

For those of you who do speak Swedish, you can order the book here.

9 Responses to “Today I’m Releasing My Swedish Book on Gender Issues”

  1. T. Rose Says:

    Well if it ever reaches the US in a translation,I’ll totally buy it.

  2. Pelle Billing Says:

    I’m hoping that someone will be interested in translating. If that happens I’ll certainly announce it here :)

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  4. Eagle34 Says:

    Welll…all I can say is, good luck Pelle.

    Hopefully the book won’t get banned as Sweden has yet to shed the entirety of its “Gynocentric” equality outcome.

    Are you also prepared to have harsh criticism come down on you like a ton of bricks from opponents? Even personal insults and threats to your life?

  5. Pelle Billing Says:

    Thanks Eagle.

    The book won’t be banned. Freedom of speech is unusually robust in Sweden.

    So far there hasn’t been any harsh criticism, but we’ll see in the coming weeks as critics actually start reading the book.

  6. David Says:

    Hi, Pelle. Regarding free speech, could the Lawrence Summers thing have happened in Sweden? Could a university president be fired for saying the things he did? Can you speak of any ways that men are better than women in Sweden other than weight lifting or mixed marital arts?

    Here it seems you can say that women are better than men in any number of things, including many cognitive/emotional ways, but if you suggest men are better in cognitive/emotional ways I think you take a big risk in getting labelled sexist.

    Whereas you could say things like women are better communicators and have better emotional intelligence and not have anything happen, I think you might get in big trouble and perhaps even be fired if you said something analogous in favor of men, perhaps partly because women or women’s groups might complain if you said something like that but men wouldn’t.

    Aside from physical attributes, are there any lines of intelligence, moral lines, communication lines, etc. where you would say men tend to do better?

  7. Pelle Billing Says:

    Hi David,

    I’m going to answer your question by quoting a passage from my Swedish book. I ran this passage to Google Translate, and then I cleaned up anything that looked weird. So now it should be full readable, without being perfect.

    I think this is the contradiction you are getting at. Here’s the quote from my book:

    Let’s do a little thought experiment to see how we reason about gender in our culture.

    Some argue that the problems that exist in our civilization – such as war, environmental destruction and violence – are the fault of men. Men are the ones who have had power in society since time immemorial, and therefore men should be held responsible for things gone wrong. There is a clear logic to this argument, let us accept it as true.

    With the same logic, one can argue that the positive things that have occurred in our civilization – such as technological development, prosperity and democracy – are the result of men’s work. But somehow this reasoning is not put forward as frequently.

    Instead of asserting that men have created these positive values ​​it is emphasized that women did not get a chance to participate in the building of society – until relatively late in the process, and therefore it is unfair to pay tribute to the men. The women could have done an equally good job if they had had the chance. This argument has a clear logic, so let’s accept it as true.

    The major question that then arises is: If women had been able to build up a civilization, just as well as men, would they not have been able to create as much war, environmental degradation and violence? If we believe that women are just as capable of all the positive characteristics of men, do we believe that women are just as capable of all the negative characteristics that men have?

    If one argues that women would have been able to build up all that men did, but at the same time believe that women would have created fewer wars and less pollution, then you believe that women are a superior life form. Unfortunately, this type of reasoning is far from unusual.

    This kind of thinking is exemplified by the Danish author Hanne-Vibeke Holst when she is interviewed by DN:

    “So, I’m not saying that men are not human. But they have a tradition of resolving conflicts through violence. Women have a tradition of resolving conflicts by peaceful means. Therefore, overall, it is very important that women are in the highest positions in the UN, at the highest policy levels. Madeleine Albright has certainly sent men into battle, but I think she really thought about it first.”

    Holst believes that women are more peaceful, but does she believe that men have positive qualities that women lack in their leadership? Would she be ready to name a positive quality ín men, that women do not have to the same degree? If not, then she unknowingly carries the idea that women are superior to men. If you believe that women are better at certain things, but do not think that men are better at other things, you are basically a gender racist.

    Personally, I believe that both men and women are capable of great deeds and misdeeds, and that both sexes have contributed to the positive and negative that exists in our civilization. To the extent that there are differences between the sexes, I do not believe that these differences make one sex better or worse, just different.

  8. Pelle Billing Says:


    “could the Lawrence Summers thing have happened in Sweden? Could a university president be fired for saying the things he did?”

    Oh, for sure.

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