I first encountered Kajsa Ekis Ekman almost a decade ago, after she became known for her expertise on and analysis of prostitution and the Nordic model of law, implemented in Sweden back in 2009, which had a notable impact on curbing trafficking and the purchase of sex. She published Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy, and the Split Self in 2013 and has worked as a prominent and respected journalist in Sweden for many years. Activists pulled one line out of her book, and labelled her “transphobic,” targeting her with a cancellation campaign. Then, in 2022, Kajsa published The Meaning of Sex: Thoughts about the New Definition of Woman, within which she presents a Marxist feminist critique of gender identity ideology. She has since lost jobs, friends, and support from both leftists and feminists in Sweden. She has not given up on her work, though. This year, Kajsa launched Parabol.press.
In this episode, I speak with Kajsa about the situation with gender identity ideology and legislation in Sweden, her cancellation, and how she views the left nowadays.