Opinion I Washington Examiner den 17. april 2019.
In an opinion piece published over the weekend, Danish psychologist and therapist Finn Korsaa likened the #MeToo movement there with the Nazi Gestapo. Korsaa, a privately practicing psychologist, author, and regular columnist at the Danish daily Berlingske, said that the push for female equality has gone too far. That a columnist living in one of the most progressive parts of the world would say this speaks volumes for the trajectory of the #MeToo movement here in the United States.
Korsaa took issue with workplace gender quotas, pointing out the logical fallacies. “The issue of women’s quotas in corporate boards has long been like a hot potato. But how come no one insists on changing the significant overrepresentation of female psychologists? And why do we never ever hear demands for more men in the role of nurses?” Korsaa wrote.
He then said he believes the origin of the current “feminist offensive,” which virtually demonizes all masculinity, stems from the way democracy ultimately overcame extreme “patriarchal” movements — Nazism and communism. Like a pendulum, ideological reactions have swung from one ideal to the other.
“We have therefore come from one extreme to another. Where the Nazis had Gestapo and the communists had the KGB, modern feminism has its own ‘home guard,’ in the form of the #MeToo movement and social justice warriors, who with their moral imperative seek to ensure that feminine values can maintain their monopoly through moral and political correctness,” Korsaa explained.
Of course Korsaa would be intimately familiar with this concept of extreme equality, given his geographical location. The collectivist mentality rings loud and deep in Scandinavia and the surrounding regions, and is often rooted in “Jante Law,” originally coined by Aksel Sandemose. Jante Law boasts of a socialist-style Ten Commandments, like “You’re not to think you are more important than we are” and “You’re not to think you are anything special.”
Korsaa identified and even praised the polar opposite of this equality — which is found in traditional masculine values, which are now shunned. Channeling what seemed to be his own inner Dr. Jordan Peterson, Korsaa said masculine values–protection, hierarchy, sacrifice, and struggle — have value in society but are now met with contempt.
While it certainly doesn’t seem like America’s #MeToo movement looks anything like a Gestapo — the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and the New York Times all won Pulitzers Monday for shedding light on sexual assault and harassment — one can also easily see how the U.S. tends to follow suit with Scandinavia in many ways. If Korsaa is at all right, America should go forward with caution, apprehending sexual assault and identifying harassers, but without setting up its own “home guard” that demonizes and dismisses masculine values.
Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist in Washington, D.C., who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Spectator’s Young Journalist Award.