In a unique social media phenomenon earlier today, a group of high school students took to the streets to protest an Instagram account that requested photos of Gothenburg sluts and got a bunch of shots of girls as young as 13.
While it looks like the whole thing was based on a prank – the request was allegedly posted by a 17 year old girl – the photos posted in response included identifying names, photos and notes on sexual habits.
The 17-year-old girl has been taken into police custody.
The Instagram request led to a large protest that some papers describe as a riot. High school students took to the streets and a group of protesters marched from a local Gothenburg high school to a nearby mall and resulted in 27 people being brought in by the police.
This isn’t the first time Swedish teens have fought hard against being called sluts online. And it is nice to see this incident get a bit of international attention.
Previously, a high school feminist choir was repeatedly lambasted on Facebook. When the girls reported the harassment to their principal, the principal did not feel it was something the school needed to do much about as the harassment was online. He also suggested the feminist choir was insulting to some students.
The girls took their fight to social media and local media, and managed to get results including a new principal, a new student council and new routines for online harassment.
Things like this remind me that culture is always changing, and perhaps the quiet, non-confrontational Swede is on its way out. Perhaps all of those loud and ‘busig’ – mischievous- kids, are growing up and being able to stand up for themselves and demand a little more space in society.
Maybe it’s not just us immigrants’ fault that Swedish culture is shifting at high speeds.