During the 1960's women began entering the Danish labour market `en masse` and at this time , a radical group calling itself the `Red Stockings` movement, came to the fore of gender conflict in Denmark. They were clearly inspired by the works of Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan along with home grown ideologues like Lisa Norgaard, who had harshly criticized `pro family` associations attempting to raise the profile and official status of `housekeeping` as a profession, in line with other trades. Ms Norgaard saw this only as a ` devious male strategy` to keep women `enslaved` in the home.
A walk along any Danish street will quickly reveal that there is something quite odd about the place. Initially, it is difficult to pinpoint. But it doesn't take too long to work out that women here do not look as they do elsewhere. They make little or no effort, dress appallingly even by western standards and have an attitude bereft of any `feminine` whiles whatsoever.