marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
2011-10-14 11:03 am

[Svenska] Är det inte helgen än.

- Ulf Lundell var på Babel igår. HUR kan han vara så tråkig och samtidigt så provocerande? -_- Och nästa vecka blir det fler tråkgubbar - Franzen och Umberto Eco. Jösses. NÄSTA TORSDAG ÄR INSTÄLLD P.G.A. GUBBÖVERSKOTT.



- Kulturgrammatik börjar småirritera mig. Författaren ska vara så jävla förstående och förklara precis allt om kulturella skillnader men verkar ändå har visa... döda vinklar, så att säga... som han är helt omedveten om. Han skriver t.o.m. om en kvinna som på en av hans föreläsningar försökte påpeka en sådan. Han tyckte ju att hon var lite dum. Sorry to say, gubbe, men det ÄR möjligt att kvinnor kan ha lite bättre kol på könsdiskriminering än vad du gör.



- Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger verka i alla fall vara en bättre bok än grabben i graven bredvid, MEN. Det känns ganska underredigerad. Jag vill ta en röd penna till det och kryssa ut typ minst ett stycke onödig beskrivning i varje kort kapitel, och det upprepar sig själv ganska mycket, och människor pratar på något jävla konstigt sätt som ibland känns helt orealistisk. Alltså... människor i böcker pratar inte som människor i verkligheten, och det är helt OK, men det ska vara en stiliserad avbildning som känns i alla fall trovärdigt, va, eller som funkar på något annat sätt som del av bokens stil. Ehh... ja, det som jag ville säga var att det är sällan ett bra tecken när man känner att man redigerar en bok som man läser.



- Alliansen jag hatar er. Ja jag vet, vilken överraskning. Men! liksom! Alliansen smygavskaffade mål om delad föräldraledighet. -__________________- Visst kan man bli trött på hela grejen med föräldraledighet som Enda Stora Jämställdhets Mål, men inte för att det är en dålig grej i sig - snarare för att fler saker behövs utöver detta, och för att jämställdhetsdebatten som det ser ut i riksdagen är så jävla hetero. (Fast det är tillsyntes inte längre någon pågående debatt överhuvudtaget.)

I alla fall. Man får inte bestämma hur folk ska leva sina liv, eftersom man är liberal, säger jämställdhetsministern. Det vill säga, man får inte FÖRUTOM NÄR MAN FÅR, alltså, när det är en grej som vi tycker om går det jättebra! :D Liksom, det är helt OK att bestämma hur transpersoner och invandrare ska leva, men man får inte ens ha åsikter om att det kanske vore bra om kvinnan i ett heteroförhållande inte förväntades ta hand om barnen ensam. Nej. Det vore att ingripa i folks liv och inskränka dem. MAN FÅR HA FRITT VAL! JA! MAN BEHÖVER VÄL INTE JOBBA MED FOLKS ÅSIKTER ELLER STIFTA LAGAR FÖR ATT NÅ ETT JÄMSTÄLLT SAMHÄLLE, DET KOMMER UTAN ATT MAN GÖR NÅGOT ALLS. DET ÄR TYP TROLLERI VET DU VÄL. :D

Alliansens liberal"feminism", what the hell.



- Ja förlåt mitt svenska är säkert helt obegripligt idag, jag känner mig fortfarande ganska förkyld och jättetrött och jag sitter här och skriva inlägg istället för att läsa Kulturgrammatik. Suck. XD
marshtide: (Rei - go on you know you want to)
2011-10-05 07:21 pm

Lesbians!

Reading Charlie by Margareta Suber. It's early 20th century Swedish lesbian fiction. It's pretty short, so I'll probably finish it today or tomorrow. Anyway, just have to say - o Charlie, be my drinking buddy?

Also, all the ladies plz to be having sex now? No wait, early 20th century. Longing looks and hands touching in suggestive ways it is then, I guess! (But rly, all the ladies.)
marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
2011-09-28 12:22 pm
Entry tags:

Today I am Getting Stuff Done.

Today I have:

- made a rough version of a mind map about Sweden, which I must make beautiful for next week. Yeah, really. That was the entire instruction. I wonder how many other people's will include extensive sub-clouds on romantic nationalism... -_-;;

- edited a singularly vague and unstructured group project on idealism and materialism (as in philosophical concepts) until it actually made sense. IN SWEDISH. Because I am badass.

- glared at grammar.

- been to the shops like an ADULT.

- made minor adjustments to a story about the Mona Lisa, though it was passed on first draft because, again, badass.


I must now:

- eat lunch.

- prepare for the final discussion of Grabben i graven bredvid (and then I will be FREE OF THIS BOOK OH YES)

- prepare a word list from anything I've read this week, with example sentences

- glare at grammar some more.
marshtide: (Default)
2011-09-08 05:35 pm

[Svenska] Plugga plugga plugga

[Note: This entry is in Swedish! As you, uh, may have noticed. It's about school and reading. Basically: we are reading a romance novel for school and I do not like it. But I can bitch about it in class so it doesn't matter! :D And I'm still reading that biography of Bang/Barbro Alving that I mentioned. And a new Liv Strömquist book is on its way.]

Då så. Nu har jag gjort alla mina läxor. Så fint.

Skolläsning:

- Grabben i graven bredvid av Katarina Mazetti. Jag ogillar den. Men har man saker att säga om boken så är den nog en lyckad val i alla fall. Den handlar om kulturchock! På ett väldigt övertydligt sätt! Dessutom är den romans. Jättejättehetero romans. Och ibland skojar huvudkvinnan med sin kompis att det skulle vara så praktiskt om de kunde vara lesbiska eftersom män är ju så jobbiga! HÖHÖ. Tyst med er. (Alltså, det handlar om en beige kulturtant och en bondkille. De förstår ingenting om varandra och allting är jättetraumatisk för alla förutom när de har otroligt bra sex. Gäsp.)

- Kulturgrammatik av Gillis Herlitz

- Idéhistoriens huvudlinjer av Gunnar Eriksson och Tore Frängsmyr

och artiklar osv osv. Den har veckan en om Nobel och en om Diana. Diana! Fy fan, har man verkligen flyttat från Storbritannien bara för att läsa om Diana? Nåja.



I fritiden håller jag fortfarande på med biografin om Bang. ♥ Så badass! Fast också skruttig. Så kan det ju gå. I alla fall, nu är hon vuxen och journalist och hon resa tåg för att träffa Elin Wägner och tycker det är JÄTTESPÄNNANDE. ELIN WÄGNER. Awww.

Och snart kommer det en ny bok av Liv Strömquist! Babel ska ha en grej om den ikväll tror jag, som gör nånting att balansera faktum att Jan Guillou ska också vara med. Bläääää, Jan Guillou. Men JAAAAAAAAAAA, Liv Strömquist!
marshtide: (Default)
2011-08-30 11:27 am

I know, I am kind of sickening sometimes

I'm a student again! I'm a student again! Back into the exciting world of second language lessons, which you may fondly(??) remember from last autumn. Just to clarify: I'm at the institute for Nordic languages this term and next term to get my requirements for general university study sorted out, IE to get my Swedish up from conversational fluency to academic standard.

A notable difference from last time is that since these classes are at Stockholm University there is actually structure, and clear goals. I am so excited by this after the local course in all its complete randomness, I can't even tell you.

There's also a lot of work! Right now I have enthusiasm about this too, since I spent a lot of the last Swedish course I took helping everyone else because I'd run out of work, but give it time - I'll soon settle into wailing about the number of assignments, I'm sure.

Another wide scattering of nationalities and native languages, and also another group made up almost entirely of women.

Off to do some more of my assigned reading!
marshtide: (Default)
2011-05-24 11:02 am

Tipsa polisen om brott - a comic by Sara Granér

From Med vänlig hälsning.

mvh102
[Image: one-pannel cartoon with a tiny police officer in one corner. Swedish text.

"TIPSA POLISEN OM BROTT!

"Kvinnomisshandel och kvinnofridskränkning är de mest populära brotten bland svenska poliser. Är det verkligen de bästa brott de kan komma på? Som hjälp få de här några tips på olika vis mer spännande och givande brott som de kan syssla med istället, om de nu absolut tvunget inte kan hålla sig på rätt sidan av lagen:

"* Innehav av något ovanligt djur t.ex kängaru! * Skändning av flaggan! * Högmålsbrott! * Ohörsamhet mot tjänsteman! * Helikopterrån! m.m!

"VARSÅGOD FÖR TIPSEN! LYCKA TILL!!!!

"Tipsa gärna polis om fler brott!!"]



Translation:

TIP OFF THE POLICE ABOUT CRIMES!

Mistreatment of women and the violation of womens' integrity are the most popular crimes among the swedish police. Are those really the best crimes they can come up with? To help them out here are a few tips for them about different kinds of more exciting and rewarding crimes that they can commit instead, if they absolutely can't manage to keep themselves on the right side of the law:

* Possession of an unusual animal, e.g. a kangaru! * Violation of the flag! * High treason! * Contempt of an official! * Helicopter theft!

YOU'RE WELCOME FOR THE TIPS! GOOD LUCK!!!!

Feel free to give the police tips about more crimes!!


----


That's all I've got. I have an exam for several hours this evening in Stockholm, J has just been shipped off on a school trip for the week, and this morning the cat burnt his foot on a hotplate. We dunked him in the sink for a while and then sat with him and forced him to have cool things against it.

He is viewing this as a kind of tripple betrayal on the part of Everything He Knows And Loves, but it doesn't seem to be a bad burn, thank fuck.
marshtide: (Oscar - a-ha!)
2011-05-09 10:31 am

[3W4D] Swedish music

FOR THE RECORD: Super video-heavy post.

So the topic for today is Swedish music, which I'm afraid is one I'm spectacularly unqualified to talk about in many ways.

Branch asked, basically, what the Swedish music scene is like right now.

I do at least listen to P3, which is the younger-people national radio station, because it has shows like Tankesmedjan (that one which Liv Strömquist is often on), and am by proxy exposed to current music, but to be honest, it mostly doesn't stick. One does notice, basically, that:

1. almost everyone sings in English, presumably in the hope of making some kind of international breakthrough. If they do not sing in English, they are Kent, who gave up on such hopes about 10 years ago. (No, OK, there are others who sing in Swedish right now. But not that many who're showing up on the radio!)

2. there are lots of girls singing very hesitantly/softly. I do wish the ladies in mainstream music would just go for it a bit more often, you know? Prettiness is all well and good, but damn. It seems to be the only option!

3. Unless you're Robyn I guess. Who has a robot fetish. Your mileage on this may vary, but I am kind of endeared by the robots, even though I am pretty sure all my music cred will be taken away the second I admit to liking anything about Robyn. (Here is the thing: I do not care about my music cred. I think I acquired it completely by accident anyway.)



[Video embed: Robyn singing Robotboy, no actual video image, just music & stills]

So, you know, so much for my pop culture awareness.


Also: although I spent my childhood playing instruments and was pretty good at some of them I'm really not that musically inclined, which means that I can listen to music without the same kind of analytical approach I often have to reading - which is lovely, I can just listen. It does mean, though, that I tend to file things as "like this" or "don't like this" without much deeper thought about technical skill etc. This will make detailed thoughts tricky; I'll mostly be presenting artists quite briefly and then giving out some music links.

But! I do listen to quite a bit of Swedish music. Let's start by just pulling a list from my profile, and I'll work from there!



Ane Brun

Oops - Ane Brun is actually Norwegian, not Swedish, but she lives in Stockholm )


Anna Ternheim

Read more... )


Broder Daniel

Valborg describes Broder Daniel as "the best worst band ever". Read more... )

P.S. In association with posting about Broder Daniel I feel the need to point out that Fucking Åmål is a brilliant film. About growing up in a tiny shitty town and already feeling trapped and then you are also a lesbian! AND IT'S NOT ONE OF THOSE TRAGEDIES WHERE EVERYONE DIES! It's brilliant. Sometimes uncomfortable, since, you know, teenagers, but it left me pretty :D :D :D.


Ebba Grön

Oh look! The first band on the list to actually sing in Swedish!

Read more... )


Frida Hyvönen

I actually have posted about Frida Hyvönen before. But. Read more... )


Kent

Right, well, Kent I've posted a lot about before. Read more... )


Maud Lindström

Maud Lindström is, well. Let's take her own words. "Sweden's only official love-critical bisexual feminist singer, writer and poet!"

You can already tell why I love her, right? )


Nationalteatern

Read more... )


The Knife

Read more... )


This post is basically really long now already, damn.

OK, I'll just leave you with a couple more.


The Ark, since they're so iconic among Swedish bands and one of the few current ones that's really well-known overseas. Although they did recently announce that they're quitting this year. And then they released a single.

The single is called "Breaking Up With God".

This strikes me as very representative behaviour.

Breaking up with god )


Jakob Hellman only released one album, at the end of the 80s, but has been influential for Swedish pop. Kent are fans; you can catch a lot of references back to him in their songs.

Vackert väder )

Which traces of can be found in a bunch of different early Kent songs! (Kent love referencing stuff, for the record. I think it's a hobby.)


Monica Zetterlund - jazz icon!

Some other time )

Fidget were a 90s indie band I think? I don't listen to them all that much generally but I have this one song which I love:

Stop Losing )


Håkan Hellström

Read more... )


Make of all this what you will! That's a range of music, though nowhere near definitive, from several different genres and decades. (I will note that I'm pretty sure that Swedish music cannot actually be this overwhelmingly white, since Sweden isn't this overwhelmingly white, damn it, but... *headscratch*)

& if anyone wants to rec me more Swedish musicians that I really should be listening to, then please! Go for it!
marshtide: (Rei)
2011-05-05 11:33 am

Summer plans, news

After this weekend I'm going to get back to working on the main current project, which is to say, a talk that Valborg & I are going to be giving at B.L.Y.G. on queerness & 70s shojo, and also on getting up content on our shared blog, which is meant to be functioning as our public face linked in to any talks etc we might want to do, but which is tragically empty right now. (I'm completely identifiable in RL from the contents of this journal - seriously, there are not very many British immigrants to Sweden who are living in a lesbian partnership with someone called Valborg - but it's not meant to be a formal or focused space, so that's where the blog comes in.)

I'd have been charging at it this week but since Valborg has been loaded with a pile of birthday organising I figured she could use a period of grace. I think we have most of the info we need now to do a great talk and some fun posts anyway, so it's mostly structure, images, etc. now. (I've gleefully read ALL THE SHOJO HISTORY that exists in English, both good and dubious, and I won't get to use most of it in this case, so I'll probably turn a chunk of it into a post somewhere - blog or here or both.)

My function in this creative partnership is to be all serious and obsessively academic and Valborg's job is to thwap me lovingly over the head, remind me that it's meant to be fun, and add sparkles. I fear this will be a running joke. *g*



OTHER WILD SUMMER PLANS: Stockholm Pride is mostly free this year. I'd been planning to save birthday money and buy tickets, but I guess I don't have to now! In light of this information, anyone who thinks that hanging out with us in Stockholm in the first week of August and going to some incredibly gay talks, tours and misc. events sounds like their idea of a good time should plan accordingly. If I'm still not healthy by August we're hiring a fucking wheelchair, SO. We will be there. (There will definitely be things happening in English too, if this is relevant information.)



OTHER CURRENT EVENTS: I have an entrance test for Stockholm University's Swedish course in a couple of weeks, which is to see if my current level is good enough and which of their two courses (one which is prepatory for the other; the higher level one qualifies one to study at Swedish universities in Swedish). I'm getting a lift there and I also need to think about if there's anything I can ask them to provide for me to make the test easier, since really not well & doubt I'll be recovered by then.

If I'm accepted to the course I'll be studying in Autumn; if at all possible I'll be doing this with or without funding from CSN. The only completely unavoidable cost is a bus card, and I can probably get help with that from someone or other in the family.

After that I need to think about taking Högskoleprovet (a test which gives a grade you can use to apply for university), since if I can get a good score on that that'll put me in a bigger intake pool for normal university courses than a foreign grade would there are assigned numbers of places for students at universities: quite a lot of places for people with college scores, quite a lot for people who've taken the test, and not that many for people from overseas with a foreign college/university grade. Obviously that's not a relevant concern for the course I'm applying for now, since it's only for people from overseas.

I also have all these crazy dreams about being able to volunteer with Hallongrottan and similar if I study in Stockholm, but as Valborg points out, yes, I should do those things, but I should also remember not to break myself.

I'm pretty good at breaking myself, basically. But hey! I'm trying to learn better.



ETA OF JOY: I've just got my first birthday present, from Valborg: a year's subscription to the fabulous Swedish feminist magazine Bang! My face looks like this: :D
marshtide: (Parkvakten)
2011-05-04 08:36 am

[3W4D] The Take Care of a Man World Championships by Liv Strömquist

And here we have a longer piece by Liv Strömquist, from her latest volume, Prins Charles Känsla/Prince Charles Feeling. This strip is not perfect in every way, but there sure are some points in there.

Take care of a man! )
marshtide: (Default)
2011-05-03 02:16 pm

[3W4D] Assorted one-page comics

Continuing on the translation spree!

First today we have some pages from "With best wishes" from Sara Granér. She's another feminist comic artist, and generally political. She, like Karolina Bång, is a member of Dotterbolaget, a group of feminist comic artists started in Malmö in 2005.

Med vänlig hälsning/With best wishes from Sara Granér

Read more... )


And then we've got a bit of Nanna Johansson. Nanna Johansson specialises in 1. turning opressive situations and ideas upside down to make a point, and 2. deliberate ugliness.

The book these are from is in fact called "Ugliness".

Fulheten/Ugliness by Nanna Johansson

Read more... )


And then finally, a quick one from Liv Strömquist!

100% Fat by Liv Strömquist

Read more... )


NEXT TIME: Liv Strömquist gives us the results of the "Take care of a man!" competition.
marshtide: (Mymlan)
2011-04-30 10:58 am

[3W4D] Riots Not Diets by Liv Strömquist

Well, I actually did find the time to round this one off today after all! (You can thank my slipped disc, sigh.) But anyway, here's your entertainment for the day: Liv is angry about female beauty standards! Hoorah!


And now begins the series...
- Riots Not Diets by Liv Strömquist

Read more... )
marshtide: (Parkvakten)
2011-04-27 04:44 pm

[3W4D] Snapshots of a patriarchy: The myth of the stone age, by Liv Strömquist

Here's a translation of a short comic strip by Liv Strömquist, Sweden's favourite feminist comic artist and social commentator. My rough translation, as per usual. This, by the way, is semi-relevant to the post I'm hopefully putting up tomorrow on assigning sex to human remains. It's at least some kind of complementary reading material!

This is from Liv Strömquist's first collection, 100% fett (100% Fat).

Courtesy cut for images )


Previously translated strips:

- Creativity - a comic about making things by Liv Strömquist
marshtide: (Default)
2011-04-22 09:28 pm

(no subject)

Två dikter av Tomas Tranströmer. Jag har inte läst mycket Tranströmer, men jag fortsätter att läsa några stycke då och då, och jag blir helt fascinerad av dem. De här har fastnat på nåt sätt:

Stenarna

Stenarna som vi kastat hör jag
falla, glasklara genom åren. I dalen
flyger ögonblickets förvirrade
handlingar skränande från
trädtopp till trädtopp, tystnar
i tunnare luft än nuets, glider
som svalor från bergstopp
till bergstopp tills de
nått de yttersta platåerna
utmed gränsen för varat. Där faller
alla våra gärningar
glasklara
mot ingen botten
utom oss själva.



Kväll - morgon

Månens mast har murknat och seglet skrynklas.
Måsen sväver drucken bort över vattnet.
Bryggans tunga fyrkant är kolnad. Snåren
dignar i mörkret.

Ut på trappan. Gryningen slår och slår i
havets gråstensgrindar och solen sprakar
nära världen. Halvkvävda sommargudar
famlar i sjörök.



(Jag har nog stavat fell tusen gånger, den här datorn vill bara kontrollera stavning på engelska och jag är för trött för att kolla efter varje ord... Ni förstår ändå, skulle jag tro.)

(I'm posting about Swedish poetry which I have no idea how to translate. I know they have been translated, but am a. sceptical as to how well tranströmer translates and b. haven't got around to looking for translations online yet.)
marshtide: (Default)
2011-03-25 07:09 pm

Creativity - a comic about making things (by Liv Strömquist)

A quick & messy scan & translation job (full of improvisation), all done with a cat glued to my side! I've been away from home for a few days, staying with Val's parents, and the cat is making sure that I won't vanish again in the only way he knows how: lying on me and purring in the hope that I will become stuck to the bed with cat-drool and unable to get away.

Anyway, presenting...

Creativity )
marshtide: (Mist)
2011-01-17 09:59 am
Entry tags:

Mittemellan

Vad konstigt det blir med språk.

Svenska är mitt vardagsspråk just nu. Jag pratar det med Valborg och J och restan av deras familj. Jag prata ju engelska ibland med Valborg, och ibland prata jag med mamma på telefon, men jag tror att jag prata svenska mer ofta. Jag kan kommunicera på svenska; folk komma oftast att förstå vad jag menar och jag kan ge uttryck till ganska komplicerade idéer och känslor, ännu om jag gör det på ett ovanligt, konstigt eller felaktigt sätt.

Däremot kan jag ju inte kommunicera allting som jag kan på engelska. Och dessutom uttrycker jag mig på svenska som om jag pratade engelska ibland. Engelska är mitt modersmål, det har strukturerat/skapat mitt sätt att tänka och kommunicera i 24 år. Och jag är t.o.m. rätt bra på engelska.

Men det är ändå svenska som jag tänker i just nu, en stor del av tiden. Om jag letar efter ett ord så kommer det svenska ordet snabbare. Så ibland känns det som om jag översätta tillbaka till engelska (från ett språk som jag är bara OK på)... oj.

Vet inte riktig vad jag vill säger med det här, utan möjligen att allt är helt blandat i huvudet just nu när det gäller språk!
marshtide: (Mymlan)
2011-01-14 12:08 pm
Entry tags:

Handboken

Handboken

Handboken av Karolina Bång: Helt fantastiskt och väldigt uppiggning på nåt konstigt sätt. Queera & feministiska serier. Till och med rolig. Hoorah!

Här kan man läser lite från boken. ("Tema: alternativa relationer")

Det gör mig lycklig!
marshtide: (Parkvakten)
2010-12-18 12:27 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

En till länk - den här gången är det Johanna Koljonen själv som pratar om det (med samma varningarna som igårs länkar):

Dags att prata om det

--

J is having a party today. I have done my bit with the preparations but now I'm evacuating. Nine children sounds, frankly, like approximately eight too many.

I think the cat is beginning to wish he could join me. People have Moved Furniture without his permission and there are strange noises. His litter box and water bowl have moved into another room. He believes the sky is beginning to fall.

He may be right.
marshtide: (Default)
2010-12-17 03:53 pm
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Jag är ganska trött just nu, men det här var intressant

"Att säga "vi måste tala om gränser i sex" förändrar inget - sprängkraften ligger i att faktiskt göra det." (Det räcker nog för varning? Diskussion om personliga gränser och sexuell övergrepp, förstås.)

Prata om det

Jag har inte velat prata om det av Anna-Karin Lind

Därför prata vi inte om det av Martin Halldin

Känns självklart att man bör prata om det, men det är också klart att vi ofta vill inte. Jag har ju inte velat prata om det heller. Det finns många saker som jag har helt enkelt aldrig pratat om för nån och har nästan inte orkat tänka på, mer och mindre traumatisk, saker som jag skäms för eller är arg över eller både och. Jag har inte haft en bra förhållande med min egen kropp, jag har inte haft respekt för mig själv, jag har inte vågat sätta gränser.

Många av oss har inte haft nån som har lärt oss att göra det. Vi har behövde lära det själv, och det har tagit tid, och vi har hamnat i idiotiska, obekväma eller farliga situationer medan vi har lärt.

Och vi har inte känt att vi prata om det. För att det inte kändes så allvarlig. Eller så var det våra egna fel. Eller... det finns ju många möjliga skäl.

Men det är nog dags for mig att prata om det snart. Vi får se om jag känner mig tillräcklig modig.

Tyckte att några av er som kan svenska skulle vara intresserad av diskussionen ändå.

(Summary: The Swedish feminist part of the internet talks about sex and boundaries. Hoorah, people having interesting conversations in the wake of THE ENTIRE INTERNET NAY WORLD being stupid in countless different directions re: Assange.)

(P.S.: this entire discussion was apparently started by Johanna Koljonen, of Nördorama, which is still the best radio programme evah.)
marshtide: (Too-ticki)
2010-12-14 08:18 am

Links, misc.

Links...

English:

1. Tony Porter talks about how fucked up current ideas of masculinity are. (Discussion of rape and violence against women.)

Svenska:

(NSFW alltihop. Reklamen på Bangs hemsida är alltid något... du vet.)

2. En idealisk gärningsman av Niklas Hellgren (våldtäkt, ras, föredomar)

3. Konst som splittrar nationen av Tiina Rosenberg (SD, främlingsfientlighet och konst som nånting som bör vara skönt och ge glädje - eller bör provocera)

4. De osynliga systrarna av Susan Behnam (gammal artikel om invandrarkvinnor och kvinnorörelsen)

Jag blir lite kär i Bang ibland. Har ni favorit tidskrifter på svenska som jag kanske skulle tycka om...?





I feel unsure about how to describe my interview experience. It felt positive; but on the other hand, I've had such overwhelmingly negative experiences of interviews before that I can't say if that's a skewed perspective talking. It could just mean "I didn't even panic a little bit."

The really positive thing here, I think, is that I know now that I'm capable of doing an interview without hyperventilating, which has been a traditional problem and a barrier to gainful employment. What's more, I can do it in Swedish - and regardless of outcome they were really impressed with my language skills and said so several times. (Sometimes I do feel like Swedish has been a key to a bunch of things for me, particularly expressing myself with confidence, which maybe sounds weird considering I'm not actually capable of such complex expression as I am in English. I'm sure it's also coincidence in that my mental health has improved a lot over the last year, but the end result is that I can now do things in Swedish that I couldn't have done in English last year.)





I never did talk about my exam much, did I? The key points are:

1. I got to write a short comic piece on the topic of LGBT parenting (there were a few themes to pick from, one of which was children and childhood, so I ran with it). I got very high marks.

2. My spoken test was on the subject of gender equality. ...I got very high marks.

I detect the hand of D in the latter. He's the younger of my two teachers, and delights in provocative topics, and is very good at asking the questions that people try to avoid. He's thoughtful and precise in his expression of ideas and I suspect that a day when he gets to challenge people's preconceptions is, for him, an excellent day. Yes, we got on rather well.
marshtide: (Mymlan)
2010-12-09 05:40 pm
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Today: chaotic but positive

So:

I got a "very good" on my Swedish exams. In fact, I got such a very good that my teachers both recommend that I don't apply for the next course, actually, because they don't think I'll learn anything AND because they know I have expressed distaste about distance study in the past and the kommun, bless their warped little souls, have decided that the rest of the courses will now only be distance study. So I'm probably done with studying for now; next autumn I can begin university level language courses.

Which means I need a job. On which note: I actually have an interview on Monday. And that, regardless of outcome, means I'm delivering good enough applications in Swedish to be noticed! Hoorah.

If anyone knows why pineapples look like pineapples, Valborg would like to know.

Yeah, I do feel a bit hysterical right now. But not in a bad way. I think.