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1. I'm reading Mian Lodalen's Tiger now. I have hopes! We'll see! It's also remarkably easy to read after Birgitta Stenberg... slight generational difference there. (And at some point I'll be going back to read more Victoria Benedictsson. Beware the verb forms?)

2. I wish Birgitta Stenberg's books were translated. I don't know as I'd recommend her to everyone, but there's a quite specific group of people who I firmly believe would think she was the best thing ever.

3. I'm actually pretty interested in going to take a look at this exhibit about fashion photography through time. It's there until the end of the year, so I just need to decide whether I'm paying-the-entrance-fee interested.

4. But this week I'll probably go and be nosy at this event (discussion of whether we should hate Strindberg or not! At the feminist bookshop! I've been wanting to go to something there for a while now, and I have a free bus card to stockholm that lasts until Friday, so the timing is good. There's another thing on Friday but it involves cake and, well, me and cake...). Watch me attempt to leave the house sometimes and venture forth into definitely Swedish-speaking environments. Ones where I'm not familiar with how the people involved talk already, I mean. ...yes, I know I don't pick easy-to-understand situations.
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Today: trying again with this whole attending school thing.

Random links, largely in some way Val's fault (though the first one just showed up on my reading list):

1. Well, yeah. I mean, I don't think men taking an equal role in raising children is actually quite so much of a firmly entrenched idea in Sweden as people maybe imply/wish, given the issues with getting guys to for example actually take as much paternity leave as they're entitled to, but I definitely had a burst of surprise when I arrived at how common it was to see a guy going around by himself with a small child in a buggy. It made me double-take - and this despite the fact that my dad spent pretty much the same amount of time looking after me and my brother when we were kids as my mum did. I guess the thing is, in a rural part of the UK at that point in time, that was weird. And this seems to be normal.

(Val has also mentioned a couple of times that there is training here for preschool teachers to try and counter the way gender roles are enforced in without people even being aware of what they're doing. While we're on gender roles. I haven't gone and looked it up and read up on the details but doesn't that sound amazing?)


2. Here is an article about women's football. It's from a Swedish feminist magazine, so sorry if you can't read the actual text, but the reason I'm linking it is in fact mostly the photos. Aren't they great?


3. Name to remember, which I've just found written on a post-it note and stuck to one of my notebooks: Marianne Breslauer. German photographer, Weimar republic. Just look at this stuff!

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