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Swedish women more likely to bare all online

Swedish women more likely to bare all online

Published: 03 Jul 2012 10:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Jul 2012 10:35 GMT+02:00

The arrival of summer often means more cases of indecent exposure for Swedish police, yet researchers have found that in a field often thought to be male dominated, more Swedish women are also taking part – often online.

“They are less inclined to hide behind a bush in a residential area, and more likely to expose themselves in front of a webcam on the internet,” researcher Niklas Långström told the TT news agency.

In Sweden, women are nevertheless rarely the perpetrators in indecent exposure incidents reported to the police, with the absolute majority of flashers being men, according to research from Sweden's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet - Brå).

However, Långström has found that, despite the large difference between men and women in the statistics, many women nevertheless have the same urges as the men to expose themselves in public.

An analysis of calls made to a national helpline set up recently for people who lack control of their sexual urges reveals that many women do indeed suffer the same flashing impulses as men.

In addition, it's much less common for indecent exposure crimes committed by women to be reported to police.

“Almost 90 percent of those who have suffered such sexual violations don’t report the matter to police," said Långström.

"One of the factors that influence this is whether the offender was a woman. If it was a man, it matches better with that we traditionally associate with a perpetrator.”

And while Swedish women may prefer to shock unsuspecting victims by exposing themselves online, some also prefer to flash using more traditional techniques.

A 54-year-old man told TT of an incident when a female flasher lifted her coat and exposed her breasts to him.

“I was extremely insulted and felt really bad afterwards. It took two weeks before I could put it behind me," he said.

"I didn’t know if she was psychotic when she rushed forward and flashed herself at me."

However, the man didn't hesitate to report the incident to police.

“When it happens without warning, you don’t know what to do. I stretched my hands before me and walked by, and after I’d walked 20 metres away I turned to make sure she was at a safe distance,” he said.

The fact that the flasher was a woman shocked the man even more, especially after having previously suffered an encounter with a flasher of the male variety.

While being flashed by the man had made him angry, the 54-year-old victim said having a woman expose herself to him made him feel differently.

“I was scared that she was psychotic and would do more than just flash,” he said.

As it turned out, the flashing was part of a TV programme prank, for which the woman has now been convicted.

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11:53 July 3, 2012 by towns
No surprises what type of comments this article will get, that's for sure.
11:56 July 3, 2012 by CarlBlack
So they talk about "suffering" when seeing woman flashing. That's the way of suffering I prefer :-)
12:19 July 3, 2012 by muscle
hahah :) funny, why the researchers wanted to pursue their study in this field :P. What is the direction of their research :)
12:23 July 3, 2012 by sometimesinsweden
Any man that reports a flashing woman to the police needs to have their man card permanently revoked.
13:00 July 3, 2012 by Åskar
I would be flattered instead.
13:19 July 3, 2012 by Rishonim
Give a Swedish woman a couple drinks and they will flash everything in no time. I even saw this hot girl taking a dump in front of Dramaten earlier in the year.
13:35 July 3, 2012 by Svensksmith
That's a buzz killer.
13:57 July 3, 2012 by Trace33
I never seem to be in the right place at the right time but, if the women that is pictured in the article "flashed" me I doubt that I would call the Police, she would be the one calling the Police, I would be chasing Her trying to get a phone number address etc. :)
18:56 July 3, 2012 by Decedo
Hmmm, ok 'The Local' don't tease us with titillation, then provide no URLs :/
21:20 July 3, 2012 by bcterry
Will he ever recover from this savage assault?

The nightmares must be horrendous.
22:27 July 3, 2012 by entry
I do not see any parallels between webcam activity and flashing in public venues.
22:57 July 3, 2012 by dizzymoe33
I would like to see an example of this?!!! :o)
07:49 July 4, 2012 by Abe L
What a fag. It's only indecent exposure if the woman was ugly, fat or old.

If only they could write the law in such a way that it approved and encouraged young blonde and good looking females to engage is such activities.
07:56 July 4, 2012 by Decedo
Clearly the only reasonable solution for 'The Local' would be to post said pictures and/or video and let us make the judgement if these are indeed 'indecent', in anyway an 'assault', or just a nice 'posting' by these women. :)
08:08 July 5, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Swedish mens' problems. Oh if the rest of the world could only be so lucky.
04:44 July 7, 2012 by embil
Nice Picture.

@Abe L, what makes you think that the woman wasn't ugly, fat or/ old??

I doubt, he would have called the police if she wasn't some 20 something.
18:29 July 9, 2012 by Nvd
"In addition, it's much less common for indecent exposure crimes committed by women to be reported to police."

Good day, let's drive off officer. ;)
18:34 July 9, 2012 by arnestrand
Excuse me, but is the picture really proper and does it at all have something to do with the article? I don´t find this to be serious journalism when you upload pictures that are not that different from pornographic images!
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