Also known as the “Gender Equal Snow Plowing Plan” in Stockholm, this new method of snow removal was implemented for this year’s winter season in Sweden and was meant to remove the “favoring” of men who drive vehicles more frequently than women.
Feminists in Sweden apparently felt that the current system of snow removal for the city of Stockholm discriminated against women while unfairly benefiting men, because the plan focused on removing snow from the roadways first, followed by walkways and sidewalks.
The reason that current snow plow removal efforts were “sexists”, according to the feminists in Sweden, is because women were more likely to walk or use bicycles to get to work than men, and they were put at a disadvantage since the sidewalks were not plowed until after the roadways.
Of course, with any liberal, politically correct attempt at sabotaging a proven system that works fine as it is, this gender equal snow plow plan required more tax payer funding, adding $270,000 on top of the prior year’s spending.
Following a brutal snowstorm earlier this month, the feminists got their wish and the first true test of their new gender equal snow plowing plan was activated. As you can imagine, the system was a complete disaster, resulting the city’s transportation being shut down for nearly an entire week and traffic grinding to a halt. In addition, emergency vehicles had extreme difficulty in reaching patients and hospitals.
But that’s ok, as long as the feminists feel they are being treated “equal” (in reality that means they are given an advantage), shutting down an entire city’s municipal system is a small price to pay for that “equality”.
The Swedish newspaper DN reports (page has been translated to English):
Stockholm Vice Mayor Daniel Helldén (MP) admits bluntly that the equality snow removal has not worked.
– Walkways and bike paths has not been cleared to the extent that it is supposed to priority order, said Daniel Helldén.
In the hospitals, there was continued pressure on the orthopedic departments after the snowfall. During a normal week in November, orthopedic emergency room at Danderyd Hospital around 50 patients per day. On 9 November, 108 people sought treatment at the orthopedist. Also on St. George’s Hospital has been taking care of large amounts of slip related accidents, on Wednesday received 83 cases and 93 cases on Thursday. Also on Friday continued to come in many injured people.
– I regret very much to the people who have been injured. The idea is that it easier to get around by walking in this type of snowfall. It is not good that we have not succeeded. We have allocated more money in the budget we should take in the next week, said Daniel Helldén.
He can not, however, spell out the problems of the past few days clearing snow.
– I have requested an emergency report to find out what has happened to these days. Has it failed somewhere and we’ll correct it. With this report we hope to be able to do it better next time.
Where is the responsibility?
– For final analysis, is responsible for snow removal on me. It is my duty to ensure that the office does what we say in our directives. It is my responsibility to ensure that this dissolves.
Here is a video of the new snow removal plan, although it is in Swedish, you can get the general idea of how this disaster took place:
Although feminists in Sweden termed this a “gender equal” method of snow removal, I fail to see how men (and women) would feel they are being treated equally if they drive to work and can no longer make it because the sidewalks must come first, even though a much lower amount of people use those sidewalks.
Extreme liberalism and political correctness tends to favor the minority, rather than the majority, of people as they are constantly seeking to reinvent municipal systems that have worked correctly for decades. Whenever you put feelings before facts, decisions like this are doomed to fail, or at very least cost a lot more money and take more effort to implement.
This is what happens when political correctness runs amok, and if Donald Trump did not end up defeating Hillary Clinton in this election, you could have expected to see similar disasters of logic take place in our country.
Also note that Bernie Sanders has in the past used Sweden as an example of a successful model for socialism, a version of which he wanted to implement in America.