Do you want to know what would happen if Tumblr ran a country? Look no further than Sweden! The ultra-progressive government of the Great Nation of Sweden recently figured out that its snow removal regime was disadvantaging women. Their reasoning went roughly as follows:
– more women than men walk to work
– more men than women commute to work via car or public transport
– thus (?) it is discriminatory if snow is first removed from roads, as this would disadvantage women
I really don’t know how stupid someone has to be to make that kind of argument. If anything, you are disadvantaged if you need to spend more time on a commute as this eats into your spare time. Furthermore, it seems safe to assume that more people commute to work than walk to work.
But, hey, in progressive Sweden reality has to bend to the will of the loony Left. Except that it doesn’t. As it turned out, there recently was a wee bit of snow, and the gender-neutral administration made sure that Marie, Maya, Lisa, and Linnea were able to walk to their bullshit public service jobs unhindered, while Malte, Bjorn, Erik, and Anders got stuck in traffic. You may be curious about what happened next? Well, Stockholm ground to a halt.
The government couldn’t name a cause for the problems they faces, but they knew that gender-neutral snow removal was not to blame:
“Gender equal snow-cleaning is not to blame here,” Daniel Helldén, the city’s Green Party transport head told the Expressen newspaper, stressing that the policy, which prioritises cleaning pavements and cycle lanes over roads, did not even appear to have even been followed.
“There is a lack of gender equal snow-clearing now, according to the reports I’m getting,” he said. “It’s still difficult to walk on the pavements — and it is important that snow-clearing prioritises walkways, public transport and cycle paths.”
Evidence is to the contrary, though, as it is hardly the case that the Swedish administration isn’t used to dealing with snowfall. Well, they used to, but there are apparently some rough patches that need to be worked out.