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Elin Woods & Anna Anka: Swedish women married to a tiger and a duck.

Swedish women in the “news” makes great global gossip. There’s got to be a tabloid press gold rush going on with both Elin Nordegren Woods (Mrs. Tiger) and Anna Anka (Mrs. Paul)  in marital spats. Swedish women represent and bring out a long list of good, bad, ugly and downright nasty in the gawking and gossiping peanut gallery.

Tiger certainly takes front stage in his drama. After all, he’s the household name and the athletic/sponsorship sensation. But boy does it make for good ratings when the woman he’s wronged is a beautiful, blond, golf-club-wielding, Swedette-done-wrong.

So why do you hate her?

You’d think that she’d only bring out the sympathetic and chivalrous in people since she’s a cute mother of two who is the victim in Tiger’s myriad of extramarital puts in the rough. Unfortunately, Swedish women also awaken the haters. These  men and women (they just got to be miserable)  get all a-giddy to put a woman, especially a Swedish woman, down. Some of the comments after articles call her all sorts of things but mainly summed up as ” a gold-digging nanny.”

And then there is Anna Anka back in the news now that swooning sensation Paul Anka is apparently divorcing her after another bout of marital sparring –literally (Hey Paul, hopefully this time you ducked.)

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Anna Anka brings out the most vile in people out there. Now granted, she did kind of ask for it spouting off all those bitchy things about Swedish men and women and propping herself up as an icon of the ideal, pleasuring wife.  So that field day the press is having is more her own doing.

But say what you will, Anna Anka is good watchin’, albeit somewhat more like watching a self-inflicted train wreck. Like her or hate her, she’s gutsy, outspoken and personality just flows over when she’s talking.

What I like about these Swedish women in the world’s eye is that they both remind the world that the Swedish woman (never mind what you think of her) is not the subservient pretty face. She’ll come at you with the golf club, the ice cube and the educated mind (Elin’s mom, Barbara Holmberg, the current governor of Gävleborg county, is on her way over to help her daughter…Tiger look out.)

You can take the girl out of Sweden, but you can’t take the Swede out of the girl.

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26 responses to “Elin Woods & Anna Anka: Swedish women married to a tiger and a duck.”

  1. Elin’s tiger turned into a cheetah and Anna’s duck fled the pond.

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  2. sandy says:

    Elin is a role model to me. She teaches young women just what to do and how to handle a “Serial Cheater” for a husband. Beat his A**, take the kids, half the money and live happily ever after. Any prenup is null and void..Tiger is a disgrace. No human being should ever treat another the way he has.

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  3. BobW says:

    I don’t understand the vitriol against Elin Nordegren, either.

    If half the rumors are true Tiger Woods found out what Bob Crane found out. Surprise, surprise. Fame and fortune make a man popular. What he does about it is his decision.

    Tiger Woods had it all. He was the #1 golfer in the world for a time. He was financially set for life. Now it’s all at risk.

    Yes, Elin Nordegren was a nanny. A stunningly beautiful nanny, it is true. It’s hard to know why she worked as a nanny. A nanny job in the USA is a reasonable way to earn money and a chance to see America.

    Professional athletes aren’t always Nobel class intellectuals, either. It could have been a decent match.

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  4. Joanna Sundin says:

    “Anna Anka is good watchin’, albeit somewhat more like watching a self-inflicted train wreck. Like her or hate her, she’s gutsy, outspoken and personality just flows over when she’s talking”

    you are displaying very weird judgment to come up with this off the wall opinion. she is a professional leech feeding off other’s wealth and displays all the obnoxiousness of hollywoods fragile plastic existence.
    Everyone i know or have talked to deplore her for the crassness and poor representation of fine swedish womanhood.

    keep that type of americanized woman away from us thank you.

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  5. Boston Blatte says:

    @BobW.Working as an au pair/nanny is an opportunity for a lot of Swedes to live in the US for a little while, kind of like doing a high school exchange program. Elin’s parents are rather successful with her mother being the governor of one of the counties and her father a well-known journalist..
    @ Sandy. I hope Elin and the kids come out ok at the end of the day, however this plays out.
    @Joanna Sundin. Anna Anka may very well be all those things, but she’s charismatic too and that catches people’s attention. I think her upcoming TV shows will get huge ratings here in Sweden.
    BB

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  6. samantha says:

    i hate to tell you this…

    but most swedish women are gold diggers.

    i lived there and i know. why do you think i moved? i could stand the women or the flamming metrosexual men. all they wanted was money and popularity…well guess what… elin got it. job well done.

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  7. Boston Blatte says:

    @samantha. I hate to tell you this, but you’re wrong about your generalization about Swedish women. I live here (that’s present tense) and have done so for 16 years. Why do you think I’m still here?

    Sorry to hear things didn’t work out for you, but it seems you found a pretty poor selection of “friends”. But we shouldn’t judge people based on the company we keep.

    And I like the Stockholm metrosexual. They can get your car fixed, even build you a house and still clean up nice when you go out. That’s win win in my book.

    BB

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  8. caleb says:

    No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Tiger, he may be the biggest dink on the planet, however, men cheat for a variety of reasons. Behind closed doors, Elin may be no picnic to live with. She is so sympathetic and wonderful in public but who knows? The fist may come out of the pocket when no one is watching. Before everyone jumps on the bash-Tiger band wagon, remember, a failed marriage is rarely one sided.

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  9. Boston Blatte says:

    @caleb. I agree that failed marriages are two-way streets, but the decision to cheat is exclusively on the head of the cheater. If a relationship is failing you opt out of the marriage, you don’t sneak around multiple times until you get caught.

    And I’m not bashing Tiger since it’s none of my business and I really couldn’t care less. As for sponsorship, I don’t buy or not buy based on who is the face of a product. Though I would think it would be a bit ineffective to hire Tiger Woods as some sort of ethics spokesman right about now.
    BB

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  10. caleb says:

    BB-
    You are right that cheating is a choice, however, picking up a golf club and attacking Tiger is also a choice exclusively on the head of the golf clubber. If the relationship is failing, you opt out of the marriage, you don’t attack your husband with the intention of caving in his skull. See what I did there? ;-) The standards of judgement need to be the same because neither party is surely innocent. Is it truly plausible that after 5 years of marriage this is the first time anger has erupted into violence in that household? Probably not.

    And remember, at this point what do we “know?” He cheated and she tried to brain him with a club. Which is worse?

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  11. David says:

    The general consensus in the US is that Tiger cheated with girls who can not compair with Elin. All of the money in the world is not worth Tiger losing Elin and their kids. He threw it all away for a gaggle of bimbos.

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  12. Boston Blatte says:

    @caleb. You’re absolutely right that violence is never justified. Which is worse, worse how? Assault is a criminal act, while cheating isn’t, that’s not better or worse, but legally different.
    @David. I think that it’s sad when you destroy your own family.
    BB

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  13. Gustav says:

    Wait a minute- Violence is often justified.

    Like many people who have dealt out violence professionally, I can assure you that it is a legitimate and useful tool in certain situations.

    And our girl Elin may have taught her husband an important lesson. I certainly would not criticise her for her actions.

    Given the media circus that has erupted and intruded into her life, I think the best thing for her right now is to move to Chako Paul with her two children and let them grow up out of the public eye.

    Anna Anka, being an Americanised Pole, will not be welcome. Her best bet is to go to rehab and find Jesus.

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  14. caleb says:

    BB-
    Of course the two are different, one is slimey and dishonorable and the other is at minimum battery and potentially attempted murder. All the blogs, all the new outlets are focused on the slimey and not the illegal. This is where I have a problem; she is seen as some kind of cute, little innocent nanny with no culpability. Her actions on discovering his activities are indicative of the kind of person she really is and possibly indicative of past activities as well.

    You wrote, “You’d think that she’d only bring out the sympathetic and chivalrous in people since she’s a cute mother of two who is the victim in Tiger’s myriad of extramarital puts in the rough.”

    Her illegal attack on him is enough to make me skeptical of her character. My assessment is that it is not so cute nor that she is a victim deserving of sympathy.

    That being said, Tiger is still an ass.

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  15. Gustav says:

    There are certain situations that bring out violent responses in people. If you push people into these situations, you are really rolling the dice, and will have to live with whatever outcome ensues.

    Cheating on your wife, especially in a way that is going to open her up to global humiliation, is a sure way to push someone over the edge. Tiger seems to understand that, as he has not pressed charges.

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  16. Boston Blatte says:

    @Gustav. I wouldn’t blame Elin either. As for Ms. Duck, sorry Gus, you adopt ‘em you own ‘em for life. She’s a Swede, albeit a true American wannabe (“My checks don’t bounce”…how many times can you use the same trite line? –remind her that Swedes haven’t used checks in over a decade.)

    @Caleb. The blogs and news outlets are the court of public opinion. That court rarely admits admissible evidence. All we (and we make up that court) know is that Elin had a golf club and windows were smashed and Tiger had some injuries. Cuts on his face could easily have come from the glass splinters.

    And as you wrote “possibly indicative of past activities as well”…that makes hearsay sound like the sworn testimony of god herself. We could continue to play the game and say that the frequency of Tiger’s “transgressions” could indicate he’s possibly contracted a number of sexually transmitted diseases and infected Elin with HIV. See how the game of non-factual accusations go?

    But I do fully respect and admire your contempt for Elin to based on an act (true or not) that ought to be contemptible. Kudos to you.
    BB

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  17. caleb says:

    I don’t have contempt for her. I just don’t believe she is blameless in this.

    As for God’s sworn testimony, I am sure he would like that I used the words “possibly indicative” since what I wrote is indeed conjecture based only on common sense and familiarity with Viking women. :-)

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  18. xen says:

    @sandy & gustav:

    So if my wife cheats on me, which I hope never happens, it is ok for me to be so frustrated that I give her a beating for it then? Or do that only apply to women?

    Violence is never an answer, unless in defence. Even then it is questionable. If you have to resort to violence you are the one who has lost.

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  19. Gustav says:

    Xen: you may never strike your wife under any circumstances. That is rule number one. If she cheats on you it is at least partially your own fault, so you will have to be a man and deal with it.

    If you have cheated on her, and she has borne you children, then she can strike you freely, so long as she does no lasting damage. If she hasn’t borne you children, she could maybe still strike you one or twice, but only in a superficial way.

    The same rules do not apply to both genders, and nor would we want them to. We men are more likely to do crime, more likely to be violent, and more likely to cheat. This isn’t just a question of socialisation; we are wired differently. Having different rules is therefore necessary and desirable.

    And violence is a highly useful tool in a number of situations. The caveat is that it should only be used (1) when it is absolutely necessary, and (2) when it is likely to be productive. The hunter kills the deer so that his family can eat. The surgeon cuts into human flesh so that the patient can heal, the bouncer drags the drunk out of the bar so that a riot does not erupt, the dog bites the thief to protect his master’s home, the orderly tackles and restrains the mental patient so that he cannot harm himself. I myself have used violence to productively control a number of situations where I was not in a self-defense situation, and the use of violence led to improved outcomes.

    Violence is a part of life.

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  20. Gustav says:

    Even the Poles don’t want Anna, by the way. They have her listed on Wikipedia as an ” amerykańska aktorka”.

    She has been in the US since 1993.

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  21. Joosep Koivulainen says:

    “Like her or hate her, she’s gutsy, outspoken and personality just flows over when she’s talking”

    Did you see the low quality car crash of a tv program at Xmas? She is one of the dimmest most boring women ever to hit our screens. Because someone is loud doesn’t mean they have a personality. talking shit doesn’t mean outspoken and being gullible enough to go along with the two idiot producers doesn’t mean gutsy. She is a very poor example of European womanhood. Only the ultimately dull would look up to this woman. Americans lead the way in this by a long shot.

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  22. Boston Blatte says:

    @Joosep. Who looks up to her? There aren’t many Americans who know who she is.

    I watched about 2 minutes of her program, of that 28 seconds of her in it (there was some skit going at first). She was indeed as dull as a doorknob as a program leader so I joined the rest of the gang to watch Kalle instead.

    In her “original” show, Hollywood wives, and on the Norwegian talk show, she answered questions as herself. In this jul show it seemed they tried to make her into a program host and her ability to take on that role is nil. However that doesn’t remover her ability to have quite a large personality. And that you don’t like it is a pretty good indication that there’s personality in there.

    You rarely have an opinion stronger than indifference for dull people.
    BB

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  23. Duke Perry says:

    I think jooseph was questioning whether your opinions of AA were poorly though.
    I would say a little hasty rather than ill thought out.

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  24. ali says:

    Ineed girl frend

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  25. Clark Kent says:

    LOL!
    Well I hate to bring up the blond jokes but Swedish women like it or not have not historically been viewed as the most Intelligent.

    Tiger did in fact screw Elin over but as you mentioned she basically WAS a gold-digger. It is that fact and just the generally shallow feminist and in her case multicultural hypocrisy that keeps me from feeling too sorry for her. Also the idea of a small blond beating the hell out of an SUV is somewhat hilarious.

    Who I really feel sorry is the new sucker she has on the chain, good luck to him he will need it. :P

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  26. Clark Kent says:

    “Gustav says:
    December 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Xen: you may never strike your wife under any circumstances. That is rule number one. If she cheats on you it is at least partially your own fault, so you will have to be a man and deal with it.

    If you have cheated on her, and she has borne you children, then she can strike you freely, so long as she does no lasting damage. If she hasn’t borne you children, she could maybe still strike you one or twice, but only in a superficial way.

    The same rules do not apply to both genders, and nor would we want them to. We men are more likely to do crime, more likely to be violent, and more likely to cheat. This isn’t just a question of socialisation; we are wired differently. Having different rules is therefore necessary and desirable.”

    LOL!
    Holy Sh!t
    Where did you get those rules there Gustav? Sounds like Bull $h!t to me.

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