"The Gender War /Könskriget" is a documentary in two parts by journalist Evin Rubar on radical feminism in Sweden and its influence on Swedish politics. It focuses on the national ... See full summary »


Evin Rubar


Johan Brånstad, Evin Rubar (co-writer)


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Episode credited cast:
Odd Einar Dørum Odd Einar Dørum ... Attorney General NO
Renée Frangeur Renée Frangeur ... Researcher
Margareta Hydén Margareta Hydén ... Prof. Social Work
Eva Lundgren Eva Lundgren ... Lecturer Theology
Mikael Rying Mikael Rying ... Criminologist
Tove Smaadahl Tove Smaadahl ... COB Krissenter
Henrik Tham Henrik Tham ... Prof. Criminology
Ireen von Wachenfeldt Ireen von Wachenfeldt ... COB ROKS
Margareta Winberg Margareta Winberg ... Ambassador Brasil


"The Gender War /Könskriget" is a documentary in two parts by journalist Evin Rubar on radical feminism in Sweden and its influence on Swedish politics. It focuses on the national organization for women's and young women's shelters in Sweden, ROKS, an organization helping young female victims of sexual abuse. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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15 May 2005 (Sweden) See more »

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20 December 2015 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

The contours of delusion and ignorance are myriad and they all have to do with our ability (or more often lack of) to weave narrative to make sense of things. Europe suffers these days from a profound inability; an indicative example of failure is shown here.

A girl is abducted from a shelter for abused women, taken on a car across the border and kept under lock and key in different houses for a span of maybe two weeks; the only phonecall she's allowed to make to her parents, she is dictated what to say; another girl taken with her attempts suicide several times. In most of Europe the ordeal would have led to arrests and a criminal investigation.

This is where delusion begins to unfold. The place is Sweden, touted as a beacon for modernity, the captors were feminists in charge of the shelter. The reason for this absurdity? Apparently a secret cabal of satanist pedophiles who sacrifice women and babies were out to get the girls, and it gets worse. A government official who knew of the bizarre trip and thought nothing of it, no charges brought against anyone. Far from a marginal sect, the group is the most influential in the country and works with a minister (herself a staunch feminist) to gerrymander the "correct" policy through the cogs of government.

We get a shining example of this policy; they actively lobby to prevent a law that would see men who commit domestic violence as damaged individuals who may benefit from treatment, because it conflicts with their theory of male villains and their docile victims. A program from nearby Norway that reports excellent results by making men realize the reality of the pain they inflict on loved ones is waved off. This is all based on "research" an academic associate of the group has done and this is the same woman who went on TV to warn about cults of satanist pedophiles. She insists she's had hundreds of cases reported to her.

Women can be as academically inept as men of course, as deluded and prone to monolithic narratives as our kind. Listening to them here, their fervor to foist a narrative on things sticks out over the desire to be of help to human beings. Incredibly shallow people and no different in how they zealously clutch on their ideas than Bible-school fundamentalists. Sweden does seem to be sliding more and more into a totalitarian moralism lately, one that looks like driven more by compulsions and guilt than real equanimity of spirit, a Lutheran thing.

But this is also an opportunity to glimpse the cosmic import in all this. We are at odds with this being an imperfect, transient world that is ever changing, it's the source of great anxiety because we want it to be solid and "fixed" once for all. And no amount of stories foisted on reality will change that fact, there's simply no way to live and make sense of things without surfing on imbalance, which is why it's an exciting adventure. Dull minds can't deal with it, they'd rather control.

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