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Old 07-03-2014, 09:20 AM
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I hope that you would have felt that same way also if Chris O’Neill had been a "glamour model" instead of an investment banker. If he would have been a well known fame seeker with a odd CV (TV-reality show, posing in nude photos, chosen as Mr. Slitz, not working fulltime, going from a party to another party).
For me that would have been even more difficult to accept than this Sofia case. Somehow it is easier to accept that a woman does nude or bikini photos than a man, at least for me. And men are often allowed more easily to marry "lower than themselves" than women.
Indeed I would, but I somehow don't think he would have gotten nearly as much crap for it as Sofia is currently getting. Also I don't see how this has anything to do with my comment about internalized sexism whatsoever.

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A lady knows to keep her mouth shut, not pose nude and kiss women on the lips and do the things that she did. She has not learned to act or behave like a lady.
Oh please, "A lady knows to keep her mouth shut" and not "kiss women on the lips" – where do you live, in the 18th century? Sofia is just as much a lady as you and I are. Just because she doesn't live up to your (seemingly rather misogynistic) standards for women, doesn't make her any less of a lady

You know what? When women think they are better than other women because they are "ladies" who "behave", it makes me want to actually gouge my own eyes out because that is pretty much just reinforcing the patriarchal idea that women should be obedient and "good" and it is just incredibly sad.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:36 AM
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Some points about it.

- I don't think at all that all women working in sex industry are unworthy persons. Actually, I do know one of them. Although I don't approve at all her job, she is quite close to me. And I can say this : she never said her children the true nature of her job. Her children don't know in what industry their mother is working. That is saying much. She had no other choice than working in sex industry due to life events but she does not see it as a suitable career path for her children.

- A decision to be a prostitute/glamour model/escort is not only on woman's hands. On the contrary, in most of the case, prostitution means women slavery and mafia, and lot of difficulties to escape.

- Exposing a naked body may be seen as the ultimate freedom gained through feminist fight. There are other opinions about it. If my country was a monarchy and a former nude model was to marry into the royal family and become a princess, I can assure you that the strongest disagreement would not come from our local Tea Party but from all the people working with sexual abuses victims. I remember very well a discussion with one of them who talked about her disgust to see a naked girl in every car magazine. She suffered the worst and would be ready to demonstrate and talk with every journalist interested about how promoting nude models is an insult to her sufferings. She is not the only one to see in nudity promotion nothing else than something complying to masculine pulsions. There are studies - not made by bigot researchers - proving clearly the links between promoting nude women pictures and sexual violences and abuses. That is not bigotry. If I were Swedish, I would demonstrate with my friend and say the royal family : "miss Hellqvist, please have a long talk with victims about their feelings on nude women pictures, please come and take part to NGO activities on this matter".
The fact that your friend does not tell her children what type of work she does is also on her. That's a decision she personally made (that might come to haunt her later on, I might add) and should not reflect everybody else.

And I think I already made the point of being forced into it. I'm very much aware that many women resort to the sex industry as a last resort or were made to do so by a pimp. Does not mean there are no women who actively chose that profession. Like Sasha Grey.

I do agree that pretty much 90% that relates to the female body is for the male gaze but not allowing women to pose nude if they want to do so is not helping the case. Parents should teach their sons that women are not objects and we should all be treated with respect. Women are not the problem, men are.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:34 AM
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And where do you think the royal family gets it's money, from the *taxpayer* and that is the darn truth, plain and simple..........
You think PCP really works, say a 9/5 to job......
I don't have to prove anything and I am not saying anything that isn't a fact, written and reported in the media. How does the king and Queen live in the huge palace and not have money, their money comes from the
*TAXPAYER*, heck the media complains about the cost of the security for his daughter's wedding, the cost that the people paid for.........
The Royal Family's money come from the taxpayer and from private wealth accumulated through the centuries.

A Swedish poster has already said each Swedish pay a dollar for the Royal Family. No one know how much Prince Carl Philip receives. His workload is what I expect for a Prince in his position in a Royal Family like the Swedish one, that's very slimmed down and the stars are The Regent and Crown Princely Couples.

And when was the last time you conducted a poll in Sweden to say the taxpayers are not satisfied with the costs of the Royal Family? And, if the medias and comments from people on online papers pages show the truth, Queen Elizabeth II should banish The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall from the land and nominate The Duke of Cambridge as the next King.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:37 AM
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:50 PM
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Here is the article about the founder of Project Playground, Frida Vesterberg, from 7th November 2011.

She started Project Playground about two years ago. It is an after-school, where children in the township of Langa in Cape Town in South Africa can come and be just children.
Frida has always had a strong desire to help vulnerable people. She did her Master's dissertation in political science about the kids in the townships of Cape Town and after it she worked as a volunteer in the same area. There became the idea for Project Playground.
Frida says that it took her several years to accept that she probably can't alone save the world.
- That's why I "teamed up" with Sofia, together we can make a difference, Frida hopes.
Möt tre svenskor som gör skillnad i världen - Icakuriren - Kropp & själ
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So the idea of Project Playground was Fridas, she started it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:43 AM
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^Frida came up with the idea, but it doesn't say anywhere that she started Project Playground on her own. I have only read on this forum that Sofia was added as "co-founder" on the website later and that she wasn't around when the project started, but are there any links/articles that say the same thing?

The article you linked to more or less states that Frida came up with the idea, but it wasn't until she teamed up with Sofia that they could turn those ideas into reality. :)
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:28 AM
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Sofia is now a Royal Bride To Be! Yes, Victoria will always be popular, but all eyes will be on Sofia from now on, as the press find her more interesting to write about.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:03 PM
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^Frida came up with the idea, but it doesn't say anywhere that she started Project Playground on her own. I have only read on this forum that Sofia was added as "co-founder" on the website later and that she wasn't around when the project started, but are there any links/articles that say the same thing?

The article you linked to more or less states that Frida came up with the idea, but it wasn't until she teamed up with Sofia that they could turn those ideas into reality. :)
The article (made in November 2011) says that Frida founded Project Playground about two years ago, so one could read it "in the autumn 2009". It doesn't say exact time like "in the beginning of 2010".
Project Playground tells on their website that it was founded in 2010, nothing more. It has been registered to authorities in March 2010. Of course it is also possible that the organization had another name before that.

Expressen wrote on 15th May 2010, that "Sofia has been keeping a low profile lately but is has been reported to Extra that she is starting up a charity organization in Africa".
Sofia Hellqvist sover över hos Carl Philip Extra Expressen

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Photo from 2002
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And from her first post of her volunteer job in Ghana in autumn 2009
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:05 PM
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it was in Ghana when she said that atrocious thing about the rape right?
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:35 PM
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it was in Ghana when she said that atrocious thing about the rape right?
I've asked you before about this (in comment #167 to be exact) and, to the best of my knowledge, you have failed to answer me. My question, however, still stands – when making allegations as serious as that (the things she allegedly said are absolutely horrific), do you mind providing a source that isn't the blog that is notoriously anti-Sofia (and doesn't provide any sources to back their claims themselves)?
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:10 PM
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Marengo went and found the article that had the quote in one of the old Sofia threads. Found in post #172.

So, yes, the rape quote wasn't exactly how it has been portrayed elsewhere.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:12 PM
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Thank you! And also a great thanks to Marengo for clarifying

I couldn't imagine she could have said that girls "should work on their self-esteem so they will be better able to say no" – which truly is an horrendous thing to say – without it had been heavily reported in the media. I hope this can put an end to the vile allegations.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:59 PM
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Seems like a typical case of the media making milage by quoting only part of her statement which ends up being the exact opposite of what she actually did say.

To tell half a truth is often to tell more of a lie than an outright lie. If called on it they have the "accidental" omission to fall back on.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:28 PM
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Indeed I would, but I somehow don't think he would have gotten nearly as much crap for it as Sofia is currently getting. Also I don't see how this has anything to do with my comment about internalized sexism whatsoever.

Oh please, "A lady knows to keep her mouth shut" and not "kiss women on the lips" – where do you live, in the 18th century? Sofia is just as much a lady as you and I are. Just because she doesn't live up to your (seemingly rather misogynistic) standards for women, doesn't make her any less of a lady

You know what? When women think they are better than other women because they are "ladies" who "behave", it makes me want to actually gouge my own eyes out because that is pretty much just reinforcing the patriarchal idea that women should be obedient and "good" and it is just incredibly sad.
Sofia is CP's choice. It is their life and they have to live it, good or bad. No reservation we express here is going to change that fact.

Having said that, I would really like to strongly oppose the "feminism" view being presented in this thread, i.e. if one objects to explicit use of sexuality to cater to seedier side of men's sexuality and use it to get ahead in life personally and professionally, then one is a throwback to 18th century.

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http://i57.tinypic.com/nfqwdi.jpg

Now, is Sofia a 21'st century feminist icon here.....or.....is she catering to 18th century patriarchal, misogynistic mindset. Men whom she was catering to I suppose professionally(if not for cash, then for publicity), when they were with Sofia- were they looking at her as an equal, worthy of all respect, or a piece of flesh?


If it is acceptable to use sexuality as commodity, them my question is this - Do we want to live in a world were selling sex to get ahead in life becomes an accepted ethical value, becomes our morality?

Want a promotion - go sleep with your boss, your boss's boss, the HR person. Want to get a good deal on a car, sleep with the sales guy/girl. If the sales guy/girl is really desperate to make their sales quota, they should dole out as many sexual favors to potential customers as they can. In short where main currency and commodity is sex.

What kind of world would that be?

Is this not why everyone complains about exploitation of women in professions where it is easier to sell sex? After-all, how many articles do we read about casting couch for actresses....or in the modelling industry? Or feminists fighting to stop sexual harassment at work, or home.

So is feminism about women owning their sexuality, or women owning their greed and sexuality being an exchange currency
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Whew! This discussion is so tiresome. I like the fact that she's on a different path now.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:25 PM
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Oh please stop it. If a woman makes the decision to be a prostitute/glamour model/escort etc that is on her. It's not disrespecting your own body, it's taking matters into your own hands. That is making the choice to do what you want and how you want to achieve what you set out to do. Now if she was forced into it, that's another story but there are plenty of women who made the decision to do the type of work they do and are contributing people.

People need to get over the stigma that every woman who works in an industry related to that of the sex industry, is an unworthy person.

Also, people need to stop it with not willing to give her a chance. Firstly of all, it's not up to you to give her another chance. She is not marrying into your family now is she? Secondly of all, these are two adults who have decided to get married and really start a family/life together. They are not killing anybody nor is that decision affecting anyone in any way. Please cry some more over it.
Thank you so much! I am tired of this crap that says if you pose naked you are some sort of horrid, terrible human being. And why, oh why is a photograph so much worse than a nude painting or sculpture? Do we all really want to go back to the Victorian Era when a woman's worth was determined by her virginity or perception of her virginity?

I'm sure Sofia wasn't wandering around a decade plus ago thinking "better not do that, some day I'll marry a prince and this will look bad for us." Just like the rest of us aren't thinking that.

I admit, I don't know what sort of circumstances Sofia faced when she made these decisions (because she and Carl-Philip are not two people I generally follow). Maybe she felt this was the best way to keep herself fed or a roof over her head. Or maybe she just has enough comfort in herself and her sexuality and is open minded enough to feel comfortable posing nude. Would be people here be as upset if she had posed nude for a painting or would that be brushed off as "art" where as the photo is "porn"? I think people's reactions say a lot more about them then they do about Sofia, Carl-Philip or the rest of the Swedish Royal Family.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:29 PM
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Yes and everybody has their own opinion about everything in life and it's just not okay to shout/scream/yell your opinion on to someone else and think that you can change their mind, There are many who seem to have a crush/infatuation and worship the ground that this girl walks on, and some who don't. We all have different ideas as to what being a decent person, being a lady, being a moral person is and that shows the type of person we are in our opinions, and that all depends on each person's up bringing and the time/era they were born as times do change, for some SH is okay in all those and for some she isn't. It is strange that it is okay for a woman to make money posing/selling/acting/promoting or delievering sex. And for some it is totally unacceptable to do these things and think it's okay.

I believe she is very very good, in fact excellent at what she does.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:42 PM
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Feminism is very strange when it relates to sexual empowerment which is defined differently. The definition of this varies as one feminist who poses nude considers themselves empowered while another woman who is also a feminist considers it catering to the sexism of men and demeaning to women in general. You would probably find this opinion more in older feminist women than the younger ones. I consider myself more or less leaning in the way that some of this can be demeaning to women (especially those who don't have an choice in the matter).

I would hope that Sofia wasn't pressured, influenced by someone older or coerced into posing nude at age 16 as this is very young (too young IMO) to be doing this. Sometimes when you are young, you don't realize that this is what is being done and one day it catches up to you in ways you would never dream of. I know a lot of people have criticized her for this but no one has brought this up or perhaps thought about this. I've often wondered about this.

What is very strange about the latter opinions about empowerment is that it's the same as conservatives or those who are religious and is probably one of the few things that they agree upon. Strange bedfellows indeed.

It's true that a lot of people (both men and women) feel threatened by a woman who is comfortable with her own self or sexuality. This is going against all kinds of traditions.

I do hope that everything works out for them.
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Actually, and I am going to be 73 in a couple of weeks, it is none of our business. You cannot judge who is moral, because they paused for some photos when they were young. How they treat people and how caring they are far more important than all this other nonsense. No one has shouted their opinion to those with a negative attitude who think they know everything and may judge everything. What amazes me is that one of the very negative posters is American, as I am and it is none of our business. It is the Swedes' business. No one, on this earth, has a right to judge her. And I hope she and CP find great happiness together.
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Not a fan of her, but if everything is true about the King, then she looks pretty harmless (can´t wait for Queen Victoria).
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