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31 MARCH 2017

March: Celebrations of International Women’s Day.

THE DOG HOUSE
 EDITION #5

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THE DOG HOUSE
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LOVISA: THE TIME MAGICIAN AND RELENTLESS ACHIEVER. The sun is shining on our backs, warming our stiff shoulders and melting away the tension left by those rough winter months. I am sitting on the stone wall by the school entrance talking to one of Pavlov’s current House Captains, Lovisa. Her face is faced towards the sun, but instead of shielding her eyes from it, she is taking it all in. Lovisa, together with her co-captain Johanna, is in charge of the well-being of the house, of holding assemblies and various different school competitions, of helping out when needed or engaging in something she is passionate about, like singing and doing sports. She divides her time like most teenagers; trying to balance a relationship with friends, extra curricular activities and family. However, Lovisa is far from ordinary. Always aiming for perfection and constantly challenging others, but perhaps mostly so, herself, to achieve greatness, Lovisa takes on and excels in more things than just school. Having won gold in the Junior National Championship in Pentathlon three times, among several silver medals and esteemed nominations, having lived and studied in the States for a year, worked at a large summer camp for young adults in the same place for an entire summer as well as starting a company together with two classmates this year, Lovisa to me is one of those women who makes you question what you are doing with your time and to regularly exclaim “I don’t know how she does it!”

When asked about what female figure is her idol, the genuine answer I am given is “My mum, because she has achieved so much in her life and if I become like her when I am older I will be extremely proud”. She then goes on to tell me about her mother’s grandmother, who was a divorced, single mother in the 1920’s, making a living for herself and her children in a time where her situation would be anything but heroic. Lovisa never met her, but the fact that this story has inspired her so much reveals a lot about the type of woman Lovisa is and aims to be. We get into the topic of discrimination and societal limitations, and a sense of gravity settles. “I think that me having grown up in a country in the western hemisphere has helped me dodge a lot of restrictions and has allowed me to pursue my goals uninhibited. But the most common discrimination I have faced is the sexualisation that takes place when I am out with friends, being catcalled, or bouncers controlling my ID by checking out my body.” Lovisa lets out a nervous chuckle after the last comment, but it is obvious that she does not find it amusing at all. She calls them isolated events, and in comparison to what women in countries where the patriarchy’s discrimination is institutionalised they might seem minor. However, they are all part of the issue, and something that is not particularly isolated at all, seeing as all female acquaintances standing around us nod in recognition of Lovisa’s description. We remain outside in the sun for another ten minutes, soaking up as much sunlight as possible, knowing the extreme fluctuations Sweden’s unreliable weather, talking about the upcoming National Test. I ask her if she feels confident, to which Lovisa just looks at me with her classic smirk, and I know the answer. Rebecka Durén

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THE DOG HOUSE
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JOHANNA: THE HAPPY-GO-LUCKY COMPERE AND INSPIRING ACTIVIST When I manage to track down Johanna (which was not too difficult considering her brightly coloured hair), she is sat in the library with a friend, looking deeply engaged in studying. However when I ask about interrupting the intense study session, she jokes that most of it is just an act. After getting to know Johanna better, it becomes clear that it is with her wits, charm and sense of humour which she engages not only with people, but with difficult tasks. She makes it look easy, from socialising with people to leading an assembly in the aula in front of the entire house on her own when Lovisa was away. One would understand, even expect, a tremble in her voice or some nervous ticks to show, but it genuinely seems as if standing in the spotlight does not face her. Even outside of school, Johanna remains a good friend with the spotlight working part time as an afternoon tea hostess at the Lady Hamilton Hotel. A lovely and unique title to suit her persona. I ask her when she feels empowered and her answer confirms my impression of her; “Doing things, talking about things that I know what I’m talking about, or planning an event or an assembly that goes well, makes me feel competent. I get a rush of adrenaline and if someone listens to me ranting about a subject that I am passionate about, I feel empowered. Like what i’m doing matters or makes a difference” And it is not just for Johanna that her achievements matter. She is currently the leader of the LGBTQ+ club in the school, and when the school had its anti-discrimination week, she was in charge of Pride Day - a day dedicated to raising awareness for LGBTQ rights. We get into the subject of gender identity and the importance as well as problems with it in today’s world. “Gender identity is something i discuss and think about quite often, and I feel like gender identity as a self identifier, when it comes to who I am and who I want to be, it can

and is very important for certain people if they feel empowered by their own gender identity. But it shouldn’t be something that defines what you are able to do. Your gender identity shouldn’t limit you in a work place. Your gender identity it should help you not hinder you”. It is inspiring to talk about and discuss this topic with Johanna. She talks easily about generally heavy issues and lays them out in a way that seems so obvious that you are further surprised that the rest of the world has not caught on yet. She successfully explains a complex issue to me without sounding patronising, something I think is the key to being able to get through to people about these issues. When nearing the end of our interview, I ask her about what she feels is most important to remember regarding gender equality and acceptance. Johanna takes her time considering my inquiry, focusing intently for a few seconds before answering. “I think having an understanding for each other is a good place to start. It varies so much between person and marginalised groups and everyone needs different things to be equal, so I feel like having an understanding and respect for each other is a good place to start. It’s hard to try to break down social constructs when you don’t even try to understand the struggles others are facing, whether that be gender inequality or racial inequalities. Respect and understanding are good jump off points.” Rebecka Durén

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THE DOG HOUSE
 EDITION #5

Ingredients

2 tablespoons flour

250g Farfalle pasta

2 vegetable stock cubes

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 dl hot water

3 cloves of garlic

1 dl milk

400g of mushrooms

1 dl creme fraiche

1/2 onion

4 dl spinach

Thyme

1/2 dl cheese Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions In a large pot, boil water and cook pasta according to the package's instructions. Next, melt butter in a pot and dice mushrooms, garlic and onion along with preparing the thyme. When melted and lightly browned, add diced ingredients. As they cook for about 3 - 4 minutes, keep stirring until the onion is sheer. Add thyme and stir for another minute then season with salt and pepper. Whisk in flour until lightly browned (about 1 minute) before adding stock cubes and water while whisking constantly. When this has been cooking for about 3 minutes, add both milk and creme fraiche then stir until slightly thickened; about 2 minutes. Stir in baby spinach along with cheese and lightly stir for another minute. Finally, add pasta and serve with some roquette and extra cheese.

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THE DOG HOUSE
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By Sofia Tornesel

Amita, SPA2D

Jonna, SPA2D

What is the best thing about being a woman?

What is the best thing about being a woman?

That us women have such a special bond, you will always have someone in your corner who will stand up for you and be on your side when society lets you down.

The best thing about being a woman is that society thinks it’s okay for me to wear a skirt.

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism is so important to me, it is the only political statement I would tattoo onto my body forever!

Equality between all the genders, no matter what you identify as. What would you say to a thirteen year old you? Even if it’s a little corny, I’d say not to focus so much on what others think. Why is gender equality important? Because someone shouldn’t be treated differently because they’re a woman. Who is your biggest role model? My best friend. She is so strong and brave enough to stand up for herself. What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue? That women around the world are being oppressed and are seen as weak yet have to endure so much just because of their gender.

What does feminism mean to you?

What does it mean to be a woman? It means you are a leader, a mother, a fighter. Why is gender equality important? Because it is ridiculous that women do the same job as a man for less wage, that women get catcalled and harassed in the street and get called bossy when they are leading, get called mean names when they stand up for their entitlement to basic human rights. Who is your biggest role model? Emma Watson. What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue? Women who do not access basic human rights because of their gender.

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