• Sweden edition
 
Men think about sex, women nag: jobs agency

Men think about sex, women nag: jobs agency

Published: 31 Mar 2012 09:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Mar 2012 09:39 GMT+02:00

Students attending the four week courses are taught that women walk with a "teetering gait" and deploy a "pleading gaze" and that the male brain thinks almost exclusively about sex. Other purported typical male traits include "to itch oneself in the arse".

Following the Sveriges Radio report, the Employment Service has called on its sub-contractor Personalstrategerna to account for the lessons dedicated to "typical male and female behaviour".

Klas Finck, who runs the courses on behalf of the jobs agency, has however defended the content, arguing that it is designed to tackle prejudices and "lighten things up a bit".

"If you highlight the prejudices about how we act and don’t act then we can also influence them," he said to Sveriges Radio.

However not all of his students attending the course have taken the content so lightly.

"I was shocked because it felt so crazy to be thrown back to the Stone Age on a course to which the Employment Service has sent you," said Mia, one of the 300 students who have completed the course, to Sveriges Radio.

Despite Finck’s protestations that the examples are intended to illustrate and problematise behaviour and habits unbecoming of a business leader, Britt Karlsson at the Employment Service is critical.

"I don’t think this is appropriate at all. It is completely unacceptable, both the literature and also the comments. Regardless of the purpose. We will be following this up at the earliest opportunity," Karlsson told Sveriges Radio.

The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

08:28 March 31, 2012 by stabbull
the male brain is largely occupied by sex. that's a fact i can attest to. we like to pride ourselves as being professional and just focusing on our job, but to be honest, most times sex is on our minds.
08:38 March 31, 2012 by calebian22
Admitting fault or negatives about Swedish culture almost never goes over well with Swedes. However in a surprising turn of events, AF finally got something right. On a good day, AF can't find it's own butt.
11:16 March 31, 2012 by skogsbo
the irony or truth of it is that I suspect it is only the women complaining about it, the men will say, "yeah, I do, so what?!".

I bet these lesson are startling dull, so injecting some humour that takes the mickey(although I can't say that either now) out of both sexes, will help lighten things up.
11:31 March 31, 2012 by Abe L
You can't put away facts as sexism. It just means one sex isn't happy with their natural behavior and clearly doesn't want to be confronted with it. If you don't like the prejudice, then change!
12:41 March 31, 2012 by voiceofreason
What happened to decency, I am sure there are other examples of male-female differences than such low-tastes ones used
13:35 March 31, 2012 by Svensksmith
Sometimes I think about food.
13:37 March 31, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
....I wonder if this perpetuation of 'stereotypical' men and women follows a certain logic: that many Swedes conform to 'stereotypes' anyway...?
13:37 March 31, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
But it is so true; I bet it was a woman who complained!! :)
13:59 March 31, 2012 by Opinionfool
Well it is the 30th anniversary of "Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus." Such thoughts are difficult to remove from the public pysche.
14:40 March 31, 2012 by GLO
I agree, I do think about food several times a day, not just sex.
17:13 March 31, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
As a man I admit that we DO mostly think only about sex tho! Knowing that my morning bus is filled with hot chicks; as are my classes at Uni is the lone reason I bother to get up in the morning! :)
19:58 March 31, 2012 by davidcameron
Is there REALLY nothing else that's news worthy?

Come on Local.se!
20:17 March 31, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Hate to break it to all the guys out there but women think about sex all the time like men do!! It is a myth that women don't think about sex all the time, but we do! The difference is we are better at hiding it then you guys are!! :o)
22:26 March 31, 2012 by Svensksmith
Wanna go out and think sometime?
10:21 April 1, 2012 by christo
to be honest am a guy but i do think of sex.. and wen i take long without having it i realy fel bad. but it is sooooo good. oooh:))) "@ dizzymoe ..am at ure side:)))
12:15 April 1, 2012 by johan rebel
How the heck am I supposed "to itch myself" ?!?
13:36 April 1, 2012 by zooeden
Oh How I love this!!!! Damn true, heavy as led...

now back to anus scratching, aghhhhh!!!!
15:04 April 1, 2012 by fikatid
When women criticize men, no one will say anything. When women were barely mentioned in a perceived negative way, they went bananas. That's what you call equality.
10:37 April 2, 2012 by EP
Can't we the tax payer have some input to this. I actually think that AF in this case is correct. I think about sex all the time and so what. And yes, women do nag ... so what ... say it like it is ...
18:00 April 2, 2012 by Jeff10
The problem with most stereotypes is that they're true. So, for once, some busy-body gov't. agency hires a firm with the cajones to tell the truth and guess what? Women complain and nag about the truth.

As for busy-bodies in gov't. and everywhere, it's best to recall what C.S. Lewis (author of "Chronicles of Narnia") wrote about such people:

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
23:31 April 2, 2012 by J Jack
'Britt Karlsson at the Employment Service is critical' - no she's not, she's nagging... "I was shocked because it felt so crazy to be thrown back to the Stone Age on a course to which the Employment Service has sent you," said Mia, ... Mia, stop your nagging ... the only thing I read here is Guys admitting they think about sex all the time and women moaning about what's appropriate.
Today's headlines
New coalition
New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Green Party leader Åsa Romson. Photo: TT

New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor. READ  

Royal family
Swedish royal couple set wedding date
The couple pictured in the summer. Photo: TT

Swedish royal couple set wedding date

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, who got engaged earlier this year, have announced they will marry next June. READ  

Analysis
Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'

There is talk that the nationalist Sweden Democrats could trigger a fresh election, by rejecting the new coalition's budget. But leading Political Scientist Li Bennich Björkman tells The Local that the party is just game-playing and should be focusing on getting its fatigued leader back. READ  

Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Chocolate and liquorice are on the menu in Gothenburg this weekend. Photo: Shutterstock

What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st

A secret gig in Stockholm, a short film festival in Uppsala and a gastronomy event in Gothenburg have caught our eye this week. READ  

Science
Astronaut helps launch first student satellite
Christer Fuglesang on a previous space mission. Photo: TT

Astronaut helps launch first student satellite

Sweden's debut astronaut Christer Fuglesang is helping students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology to become the first in the country to make their own satellite and send it into space. READ  

Weather
Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow
Kiruna, in far northern Sweden, has already been hit by snow this season. Photo: TT

Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow

Sweden's weather agency has warned that up to ten centimetres of snow are on the way for Sweden. READ  

Business and Money
Global profit boost for Handelsbanken
Handelsbanken is Sweden's second largest bank. Photo: Bertil Eriksson/TT

Global profit boost for Handelsbanken

Sweden's second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, has reported a rise in third-quarter profits, boosted by higher income from its loan book as it continues its expansion overseas. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search
Navy vessels remain in the archipelago. Photo: Lars Pehrson/TT

Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search

Sweden is pulling back part of the naval operation which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange prepares for court ruling in Sweden
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange prepares for court ruling in Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is "confident" his asylum status will be resolved, as he awaits an imminent ruling on his case by a Swedish court. READ  

Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

978
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN