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British Feminists Look Towards Iceland

British feminist Julie Bindel, who recently published an article entitled “Iceland: the world’s most feminist country” in The Guardian, complimenting Iceland on its strip club ban, said the reaction to her article has been immense and that Iceland can prove an example to others.

From the strip club Goldfinger in Kópavogur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“Many readers have turned to me and requested information on the legislation […] which has been covered all around the world,” Bindel said according to Morgunbladid. “Some parliamentarians I know have also contacted me and sought information.”

“I believe that many Brits and members of the public all around the world look at Scandinavians from a stereotypical viewpoint, especially when Icelanders are concerned,” Bindel said.

She added that people don’t seem to realize how active the women’s rights movement has been in Iceland. The strip club ban has an impact on the unilateral stereotype that Icelanders are liberal in sexual matters, she stated.

A few decades ago, pornography in Sweden was considered a way for women to express sexual freedom, a viewpoint which is at odds with the feminist viewpoint that pornography objectifies women. With the ban, Icelanders have taken a step towards raising awareness for the feminist cause, Bindel reasoned.

Bindel said those who fight the existence of strip clubs in the UK can now point towards the decision made by Icelandic authorities and use Iceland as a role model in their fight.

Click here to read more about the new legislation.

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