Varannan damernas väg till riksdagen - En romantisk historia

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Title Varannan damernas väg till riksdagen - En romantisk historia
Author(s) Törnqvist, Maria
Date 2007
English abstract
This article explores the impact of a romantic discourse in Swedish gender politics and more so; a heteroromantic discourse on closeness and passion between men and women. This is done through a close reading of the Swedish debate on “varannan damernas”, a quota measure to increase the number of women in parliament. The article argues that part of what turned this into a gender political success-story is the heteroromantic framing together with an adoption of ideals of cooperation inside the existing parties. The change in status is marked by a shift in terminology from ‘quotas’ to ‘varannan damernas’ (‘every other women’). In its earlier usage the expression refers to a phrase from the dance halls in which women were allowed to ask men up for every other dance. The metaphor thereby brings the question of women’s political presence into the intimate sphere and turns the previously conflictual framing of enforced legislated gender quota into a dance that symbolically guarantees both parts free will. The discursive embedding of visions and strategies is decisive in order to make gender equality an intelligible target for political action and change. With the counter-case of a women’s party, the article claims that the acceptance of certain gender equality solutions is not only due to a strong women’s movement or a general public interest in gender related matters. It is foremost a question of how claims and strategies are made intelligible and how they are incorporated into normative ideals of Swedish politics (mutual agreements and block-politics) and gender equality (cooperation between men and women). Thereby the case demonstrates that visions of emancipation are structured within relations of power. Gender politics can be described as a striving for gender equality, but is also a struggle over the classifications and legitimacy of certain world views as well as over material resources.
Swedish abstract
Könskvotering eller kvinnoparti? I valet mellan dessa jämställdhetspolitiska lösningar i början av 1990-talet gick könskvotering till riksdagen som ett skott. Utifrån en diskursanalytisk metod visar Maria Törnqvist att de varvade listorna blev en framgångshistoria därför att de lanserades som ett heteroromantiskt alternativ.
Publisher Malmö högskola, Studentcentrum
Host/Issue Tidskrift för genusvetenskap;4
ISSN 0348-8365
Pages 25-46
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Varannan damernas
heteroromantisk diskurs
ideologiska fantasier
Varannan damernas (a gender quota measure)
gender equality politics
heteroromantic discourse
metaphor analysis
ideological fantasies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Gender studies
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