If you’re like me, you easily fall into the trap of thinking of Sweden as a clean, gay-friendly place with positive laws and progressive attitudes–and where the tactics of fascism are only employed in regards to recycling. But you’d be wrong–for the obvious reason that no place on earth is the place I’ve just described, but also because of a more recent problem of human rights of which many of us have remained unaware. A law passed in 1972 makes it impossible for a person to legally change their sex and procreate. The reason? Presumably much of Sweden–or at least, enough of it to have such a law remain unchanged for so long–believes that bad genes are behind gender dysphoria, and shouldn’t be inflicted on children. Hence, the choice between honest legal expression and the end of the family line. Of all the bizarre and terrifying mentalities at work here, the oddest of all seems (to me) the archaic desire (Initiated by misreadings of Darwin, and popularized by the Third Reich) to protect future offspring from their parents’ genealogy. It’s as if to say that if you don’t have your shit exactly together–mentally and genetically–and if your parents didn’t have their shit together, and if somewhere along the line you had someone in the family with any kind of mental disorder or inherited malfunction, your child will have nothing but sordidness and pain in store for it. But, surprise! Isn’t that the equal risk, nay, prerogative, of every child that’s born? To be miserable and fucked-up and blame it on your parents?
There’s a thousand awful ideologies at work here, but in the time I could go through listing them, you can have signed this petition to put at least a temporary stop to them: