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Karlsson, G. (2016). Gender clashes and faux pas: The political diaries of Ulla Lindström, Swedish minister in 1954-66. European journal of life writing, 5, 24-44
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender clashes and faux pas: The political diaries of Ulla Lindström, Swedish minister in 1954-66
2016 (English)In: European journal of life writing, ISSN 1555-4015, E-ISSN 2378-8526, Vol. 5, p. 24-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, as in many other countries, women’s political representation was a contested issue long before 1922, when the first five women entered the Swedish Parliament among 375 male MPs. In general, the few women in top political positions have met resistance both from male colleagues and in the mass media. Biographies and memoirs of political women in different countries from the 1950s until today show a similar pattern: political scandals are more devastating for women than for men; and for women the question of doing gender “right” is often crucial.1 The mass media’s tendency to stereotype female politicians is also immensely influential.2 In this paper the special discourse developed in the Swedish press regarding Ulla Lindström, the only female minister between 1954 and 1966, is scrutinized. The concepts of ‘doing gender’ and ‘gender clash’ are used to analyse how women politicians are constructed as ‘not right’, and to show how women politicians are stereotyped in the press. The question is whether and how the political persona created in the national press corresponded with the political persona created by Ulla Lindström in her political diaries, written during her time as a cabinet minister. These diaries created a sensation when they were published in two books, in 1969 and 1970, partly because they were published such a short time after Lindström’s resignation, partly because the diaries were based on shorthand notes and revealed the internal discussions among members of the government in a way that was unique at that time, both in Sweden and Europe.

Abstract [sv]

Såsom åtskillig forskning visat har det varit svårt för politiskt aktiva kvinnor att förena de motstridiga krav som ställts på dem som handlingskraftiga politiker och “riktiga” kvinnor. Inom massmedieforskning används ofta ordet persona för att beskriva den personlighet som en politiker iscensätter på den offentliga arenan, en politisk persona. Problemet för politiker är att det i massmedia ofta skapas en annan persona än den som politikern själv iscensätter. Den svenska pressens bild av Ulla Lindström som ett pratigt och beskäftigt statsråd, vars karriär präglades av grodor, fadäser och klavertramp, kan ses som ett sätt att “skapa” en politisk persona och med den en diskurs; ett specifikt sätt att tala och skriva om regeringens enda kvinnliga minister åren 1954–66. När Ulla Lindström efter sin avgång 1966 publicerade de politiska dagböcker hon fört under sin statsrådstid var ett av hennes motiv sannolikt att hon ville ge sin version, dvs skapa sin egen politiska persona som motvikt mot den bild som skapats av henne i pressen. I mitt bidrag skall jag med stöd av begrepp som “genuskrock” och att “göra kön” ge exempel på hur Ulla Lindström skapades som politisk persona och hur hon själv såg på eller tolkade den bild som konstruerades i pressen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: VU University Amsterdam, 2016
Keywords
women in politics, political persona, political diaries, faux pas
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54205 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-29 Created: 2016-12-29 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2016). Handlar kärleksbrev om kärlek?. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 37(2), 100-107
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Handlar kärleksbrev om kärlek?
2016 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 100-107Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, Karlstads universitet, 2016
Keywords
kärlek, kärleksbrev, Ulla Lindström, kärlekskraft
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52021 (URN)
Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2015). Genuskrockar, klavertramp och fadäser: Anteckningar om konstruktionen av statsrådet Ulla Lindströms politiska persona. Paper presented at Att skriva liv. Fakta, fiktion, feminism, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden, May 22-23, 2014. LIR.journal, 5, 147-162
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Genuskrockar, klavertramp och fadäser: Anteckningar om konstruktionen av statsrådet Ulla Lindströms politiska persona
2015 (Swedish)In: LIR.journal, E-ISSN 2001-2489, Vol. 5, p. 147-162Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gunnel Karlsson, »Gender clashes, clangers and faux pax. Notes on the construction of cabinet minister Ulla Lindström’s political persona«

The political diaries of Ulla Lindström caused a great sensa- tion when published in 1966, three years after her resignation as minister without portfolio. She was the only female minister in the Swedish government from 1954 to 1966 and, according to the press, her career had been characterized by faux pas or, as one reviewer of her diaries wrote: »(t)he silly Ulla […] of the botches, bodges, and gaffes«. He added that he himself had helped to put her down »with both malice and recklessness«. Surprised, he found her recently published political diaries impressing, written by an intelligent and humorous politician.

He was, however, not the only journalist putting Ulla Lindström down. A particular discourse or way of describing her political persona was developed in the Swedish press during her ministerial career. She started as the good-looking »pin-up girl« of the Parliament and ended up as the »shrew« of the party, the faux pas queen who was too talkative and thus in need of a muzzle. She was constructed as deviant, both as a woman and as a politician.

In her political diaries Ulla Lindström herself compared the way in which she and her male colleagues were portrayed in the press. She created her own political persona and tried to show that the political persona created by the press was a false persona, built on prejudices against women and misogyny. In my paper I will compare Lindström’s own political persona with the one created in the press.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet, 2015
Keywords
women in politics, political persona, political diaries, faux pas
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47086 (URN)
Conference
Att skriva liv. Fakta, fiktion, feminism, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden, May 22-23, 2014
Available from: 2015-12-15 Created: 2015-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2015). Motståndet mot den feministiska rörelsen. Kurage. Idétidskrift för det civila samhället (15), 10-13
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motståndet mot den feministiska rörelsen
2015 (Swedish)In: Kurage. Idétidskrift för det civila samhället, ISSN 2001-175X, no 15, p. 10-13Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Idealistas förlag, 2015
Keywords
feminism, women's movement, resistance, feminism kvinnorörelse motstånd
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45134 (URN)
Available from: 2015-07-09 Created: 2015-07-09 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2014). Recension av: Skamgrepp. Femme-inistiska essäer [Review]. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 35(4), 103-105
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av: Skamgrepp. Femme-inistiska essäer
2014 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 103-105Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, Karlstads universitet, 2014
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45242 (URN)
Note

Dahl, Ulrika, 1970-. - Skamgrepp : femme-inistiska essäer / Ulrika Dahl. - 2014. - ISBN: 9789173435055 (inb)

Available from: 2015-07-17 Created: 2015-07-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2013). Rörelsens ledare: karriärvägar och ledarideal i den svenska arbetarrörelsen under 1900-talet [Review]. Scandia, 79(2), 179-181
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rörelsens ledare: karriärvägar och ledarideal i den svenska arbetarrörelsen under 1900-talet
2013 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 79, no 2, p. 179-181Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Scandia, 2013
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39318 (URN)000327918900035 ()
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2011). The Making of Political Women: Ulla Lindström and Inga Thorsson in Swedish Politics. In: Lenita Freidenvall & Josefin Rönnbäck (Ed.), Bortom rösträtten: kön, politik och medborgarskap i Norden (pp. 97-115). Huddinge: Samtidshistoriska institutet, Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Making of Political Women: Ulla Lindström and Inga Thorsson in Swedish Politics
2011 (English)In: Bortom rösträtten: kön, politik och medborgarskap i Norden / [ed] Lenita Freidenvall & Josefin Rönnbäck, Huddinge: Samtidshistoriska institutet, Södertörns högskola , 2011, p. 97-115Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Samtidshistoriska institutet, Södertörns högskola, 2011
Series
Samtidshistoriska frågor, ISSN 1650-450X ; 21
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
History; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39336 (URN)9789189615212 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. & Frangeur, R. (2010). Från kvinnohistoria till genusvetenskap: pionjären Gunhild Kyle berättar. Scandia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från kvinnohistoria till genusvetenskap: pionjären Gunhild Kyle berättar
2010 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Scandia, 2010
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
History; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39351 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2010). Inga Thorsson: engagerad ambassadör i Tel Aviv. In: Maj-Inger Klingvall & Gabriele Winai Ström (Ed.), Från Myrdal till Lindh: svenska diplomatprofiler (pp. 51-59). Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inga Thorsson: engagerad ambassadör i Tel Aviv
2010 (Swedish)In: Från Myrdal till Lindh: svenska diplomatprofiler / [ed] Maj-Inger Klingvall & Gabriele Winai Ström, Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2010, p. 51-59Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2010
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39356 (URN)9789178448111 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, G. (2010). Politiska kvinnor: anteckningar om Ulla Lindström och Inga Thorsson. Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, 136(4), 23-29
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Politiska kvinnor: anteckningar om Ulla Lindström och Inga Thorsson
2010 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, ISSN 0281-7446, Vol. 136, no 4, p. 23-29Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, 2010
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
History; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39350 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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