- A new survey from the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project shows that Denmark is one of the least feminist countries in the developed world.
- The survey found that just one in six Danes consider themselves feminist and that a third said they thought wolf-whistling at women was appropriate.
- Two in five respondents in the country also said they had an unfavorable view of the #MeToo movement.
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This year, US News and World Report ranked Denmark the second-best country in the world to live in as a woman, thanks in part to the country’s low gender pay gap and its flexible parental leave policy.
But according to a new survey by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, it’s also one of the least feminist countries in the developed world.
The survey found that just one in six Danes consider themselves a feminist, and that a third said they thought wolf-whistling at women was appropriate.
Two in five respondents in the country also said that they had an unfavorable view of the #MeToo movement.
The Globalism Project is a new annual survey that asks 25,000 respondents in 23 of the biggest countries in the developed world about topics like populism, immigration, and cultural beliefs. Feminism is just one issue the series has explored so far.
The countries featured in the survey include France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Britain, Australia, the US, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, and South Africa.
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Denmark’s apparent aversion to feminism is perhaps surprising considering how differently people responded in neighboring Sweden, which shares a common Scandinavian culture.
While only a quarter of Danish women polled in the survey said they consider themselves feminists, in Sweden, nearly half of them do (46%).
It’s also interesting that Denmark was only second to Nigeria when it came to acceptance of wolf-whistling, or cat-calling as it’s also called.
The Guardian, which received an advance look at the survey’s findings, interviewed Rikke Andreassen, a professor of communication studies at Roskilde University, who said there might be a cultural reason why the Danes are OK with cat-calling.
“We have had a culture where what you say isn’t racist or sexist if you don’t intend it to be,” she said. “You can grab a woman, but so long as you did it because it was ‘fun,’ then culturally we tend to think it’s not that bad.”
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