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Anti-feminist 'Viking' community uncovered in Swedish wilds

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 1 Apr 2011, 12:06

Published: 01 Apr 2011 07:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Apr 2011 12:06 GMT+02:00

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The primitive group are thought to have fled from the tsunami wave of feminism which gripped Sweden in the 1960s, rolling unabated into modern times.

“Many people associate the 1960s with a spirit of free love and alternative lifestyles, but we just found the crushing orthodoxy of feminism and left wing political correctness to be suffocating,” Tor Sten of the group which goes by the name “the Vikings were right”, told The Local on Friday.

While the community has lived in almost total isolation since 1962, Sten said that villagers were not overly concerned that their secret had now been revealed.

“When the outsiders stumbled upon our hamlet, they were able to persuade us that feminism is simply the radical notion that women are human beings too - this sounded very reasonable and so we have decided to embrace the new creed.”

The small community originally consisted of around 12 families when they began their long trek north into the area of Sweden inhabited by the indigenous Sami peoples.

Finding themselves unable to communicate with the locals they pushed on into the wilderness and established an insular community in the suburbs of society, content to be left in peace with their traditions and 1950s ways.

“We wanted to maintain the spirit of the 'Folkhemmet' which we felt was being eroded by the media establishment and the Stockholm urban elites,” Sten said, referring to the political concept that played an important role in the development of the Swedish welfare state.

In the course of time though, members of the community became curious on hearing stories from their forefathers, and some went on forays out into Swedish society, finding that they actually liked some of the things they experienced.

“I mean, liking pizza doesn't make you a fanatic, does it?” Sten said.

But while Tor Sten protested that the community takes contact with the broader Swedish society in its stride, anthropologists have been rendered fascinated by the discovery of the peace-loving backward “Vikings”.

“Most people know the Vikings as a bunch of raping and pillaging rogues, but these people have no desire to move anywhere. Furthermore, they may have started off in the 1950s, but there is plenty of evidence to indicate that now they live more like we did at the turn of the last century,” said one expert who preferred to remain nameless for fear of reprisals in the blogosphere.

The expert continued to observe that it is not just their habits that appear backward to the average Swede, but also their attitudes to anything modern.

“Any ideas or changes since the early 1960s appear to have passed them by. For example, they even still seem to believe that gender roles among children are determined by biology.”

Academics from around the country, from geneticists to social historians, are reported to be clamouring for access to the community, whose idiosyncratic behaviour is provoking much debate.

“They are a highly competitive society, with games of strength and endurance the main pastimes. The males are very dominant and much emphasis is placed on the importance of ‘saying what other people are thinking’,” social historian Roberta Sjuklövertramp told The Local.

Tor Sten and the “Vikings” have meanwhile decided that while the revolution will not be televised, resistance is futile, and have opted to embrace the greater openness that contact with the outside world entails, despite the risks involved.

“As long as they share our values and beliefs, all can take an interest in our group,” he said.

On hearing that one last pocket of resistance to the feminist cause had been persuaded by the strength of the arguments, Feminist Conclusion leader Gunnar-Jane Transdotter was elated.

“It was just a question of time really, we can’t be beaten. The future is ours,” she said.

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April Fools' Day update

It's midday in Sweden and custom dictates that we now reveal our chicanery, skulduggery and general tomfoolery.

As many readers no doubt have guessed, the above article has very little basis in fact bar a couple of notable exceptions:

Sarek is a an area of wilderness in northern Sweden.

The Sami are an indigenous people living predominantly in northern Sweden.

The 1960s is an era widely associated with a spirit of free love and alternative lifestyles.

Comments have now been reactivated. A word of caution - after midday the joke's on you.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:26 April 1, 2011 by farnoxo
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
08:26 April 1, 2011 by mikewhite
So *that's* where all those TheLocal forum members live ...
08:29 April 1, 2011 by RobinHood

Don't be such a killjoy. Delete #1 and #3 The Local.
08:45 April 1, 2011 by mikewhite
Don't spoil it so quickly farnoxo :( !
09:05 April 1, 2011 by huckleberry
Robinhood> I reckon. For a moment there I thought waaaay coooolio!!
09:30 April 1, 2011 by JulieLou40
Jesus, would anybody believe this??? TL, you have to do better than this for April fool's day!!
09:50 April 1, 2011 by wenddiver
Too bad, it would be a better and more natural Society. I was going to recommend that the Wendish people in Texas send an Ambasador and recognize them as the legitimate government of the Getes (Swedes).

I doubt if you could build such a society on the values of 50's Socialism or the 60's Intrnational.

I guess we will have to put of building Jomsborg for another year until Scandinavia comes to it's sences.
09:50 April 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
And today's date is?
09:51 April 1, 2011 by zerotolerancenow
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
12:24 April 1, 2011 by Da Goat
aah if it were not wishful thinking to be able to go back to a happier time of less stressful living!

its a bit of a shame really!

great article the local you almost had us fooled that a place exists without the bull that we have to put up with nowadays still exists!

must be time surely for the feministas to take a rest for a year or two anyhow
12:28 April 1, 2011 by charubun pananon
The Local should organize familialization tour for us to visit them for fact finding.
13:56 April 1, 2011 by Twiceshy
Fooled me...
14:44 April 1, 2011 by janerowena
Not fooled for a moment, although I did find it funny - but then, I'm English...I'll laugh at anything remotely amusing.
14:46 April 1, 2011 by Syftfel
Instead of making this an April fool's joke, it would have been useful if instead an analysis had been presented as to why "feminism" invariably equals "leftist feminism". "Feminists" would like to give the appearance of promoting womens causes, equality between sexes, equal pay for equal work, motherhood, etc. But have you noticed how they are all approaching feminism from the left? The political left are surreptitiously trying to create a monopoly on "feminism". But mention Margaret Thatcher, Condoleezza Rice, Michele Bachman, or Sarah Palin, and suddenly these women don't fit the mold any more, even though these are all highly successful women. Expose "feminism" for what it is. A socialist/leftist political movement under the guise of women's rights.
15:04 April 1, 2011 by Byggare Bob

I guess TL thought for one day of the year, it would reflect on the lighter side of life.
15:14 April 1, 2011 by Rolle
HaHaHa... just like 'The Village'
16:17 April 1, 2011 by GLO
I want to move there !!!!
16:24 April 1, 2011 by Alohart
@Byggare Bob

Sad, angry white men like Syftfel have no lighter side of life. Have you ever read a Syftfel post that's anything other than a whining complaint about how disgusting he thinks anything progressive is? He wants the world to adopt the failing ways of U.S. conservatives who are driving this once great country into the Third World. Syftfel must be really frustrated that the "communist pinko vermin" of Sweden have built a country that is doing so much better than the U.S. in so many ways. It's best to just keep ignoring him.
17:28 April 1, 2011 by Syftfel
@Alohart: You are partially correct. I should be considered an angry conservative with a fair amount aversion towards socialism and excessive liberalism. But I would like to advise you that instead of critisizing people, like you're doing above, - "whining", "frustrated", "disgusting" - you should critisize ideas. This will make your contributions a lot more respectable. PS I'm an angry white man six days a week. On Saturdays I turn into a flaming drag queen with false eye lashes, hevay mascara, solid foundation, lipstick, black fishnets(WITH seams), tight dresses, high heels and gloves up to the elbows, i.e. I am a woman, albeit a conservative one.
17:40 April 1, 2011 by Streja
But the Vikings were feminists! The joke doesn't work. :)

I mean come on! They left their wives at home to take care of everything. That's why we're so independent. :)
18:01 April 1, 2011 by MichaelZWilliamson
How many angry feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?


One to change it.

One to write a monograph about how the lightbulb is violating the socket.

One to secretly wish to be the socket.

One to secretly wish to be the lightbulb.
18:20 April 1, 2011 by rohermoker
This reminds me of a skit that was done on a TV program called the "Man Show" when they were collecting siginitures on a petition to end womens sufferage (the right to vote) I was amaized by the number of women that did not know the word and would sign it.
18:38 April 1, 2011 by tadchem
They like to hide behind lutfisk trees.
19:07 April 1, 2011 by jomamas
'They believe that gender roles are determined by biology' ... ha ...

Yes, of course they are you communist idiots, you don't think that a mother's teet has something to do with her primary role as child-rearer?

Or that even in the most super communist left-wing couples, that women are still overwhelmingly the primary caregivers to the children?

Though I'm sure they need some advancement, they probably don't need a lot of it. The vikings are onto something - called common sense.
19:36 April 1, 2011 by RobinHood
This place doesn't exist, but it should. Please would someone finance an experiment where a bunch of traditionalists live like this, and another bunch of feminists create a village to suit their tastes as a counterbalance. The villages should live in isolation of one another, and everything else.

I would love to know which village does best over a year, in terms of production, quality of life, and mental health. I have no idea which will win; any suggestions?
22:20 April 1, 2011 by krattan

Well, that may just as well be a matter of preference. Maybe both villages would be happy and fortunate on their own. Or maybe they would all go to hell. It might just be that different people can mutually benefit from each other and that's precisely why people are different in the first place.

This article actually stems from a good idea in bashing neoconservative forum posters. "Any ideas or changes since the early 1960s appear to have passed them by" is an accurate description of far too many forum posters.
01:39 April 3, 2011 by wenddiver
A bunch of the posters seem to think of Viking age society as a retrograde. Actually they traded and colonized from the artic circle down to byzantium. They intermarried with local Nobility from England to Normandy to Kiev.

If the current school system ere honest the backwards retro-grades would be the modern Socialists, who have no where ear as much cultural influnce or ability to project Military power as the Viking age.
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