Denmark: one of the best places in the world to be a woman, where the gender pay gap is narrow, equal employment rights exist, and some of the happiest female retirees in the planet. So you’d think Denmark would be full of feminists, right? Nope. According to a new survey about attitudes toward gender, equal rights and the #MeToo movement, Denmark is actually one of theleastfeminist countries in the developed world.
A poll by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project asked 25,000 people in 23 countries around the world about their views on these subjects and found that in Denmark, just a quarter of women consider themselves feminists (a lot less than in nearby Sweden, where 46% do). And get this – a third of folks there say wolf whistling at women in the streets is acceptable – more than any other country except Nigeria – which means there are more people in Denmark who think that’s okay (than who say they’re feminists).
Rikke Andreassen, a professor of Communication Studies in Denmark says that Danes are more willing to tolerate “low-level sexual harassment” if someone means well. “We have had a culture where what you say isn’t racist or sexist of you don’t intend it to be,” she explains. “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.”