The Local’s article, an attempt to debunk a myth about a female-only city in northern Sweden published and spread throughout China, has given life to a new myth in the West that Chinese men are swamping Swedish tourism bodies to book their trips to Sweden in a spurt of bizarre sex tourism.
And if you’ve gotten a bright idea to try to capitalize on it, you’re slow out of the blocks. The .com, .se, .org, and .net domains for chakopaul are already snapped up. (Though as of this publishing the .co.uk and .eu were still available and if you throw in a hyphen only the .com has been spoken for –act quick!.) Heck, merchandise (a very cheesy t-shirt and cap) is already for sale for the low, low price of $29.95 plus shipping for this limited edition (that was hard to write with a straight face.)
I think The Local’s journalist, David Landes, said it best when interviewed on P3 radio about the Swedish mythical women-only city, Chako Paul,
“Anytime you’re talking about lesbians running around in the Swedish woods, it’s going to raise some eyebrows, true or not true…” Sveriges Radio P3, Oct. 18, 2009 -download the program here -it starts at minute 39 but most of it is in Swedish.
I wrote about this in Blond babes, bikes and Blatte when it first came out. No surprises here that the world goes gaga when you start talking about Swedish women especially when you tie in the tag lesbians.
Now we just need to come up with some Swedish-influenced souvenirs to sell. Wouldn’t that be a twist to find a DalaLesbian in China marked, “Made in Sweden.”