My first impressions on Sompasaari

A car has been seen patrolling the area with a person taking photos of Sompasaari visitors.

A car has been seen patrolling the area with a person taking photos of Sompasaari visitors.

By Pre Kaarina

I went to Sompasaari to watch “69”. The renovations were still in process, so I unfairly judge unfinished job.  Even though there was a declaration of not having sex-designated jobs, women did things like mopping the premises and making food, while men took care of everything technical that was related in showing the movie.  Due to technical difficulties the movie was postponed a full hour. The food and the mopping were done in due time, though. I could not have escaped noticing a big graffiti of erect penis, which I thought looked offensive.

The movie was cast and within it a homosexual man said he had no place other than that in the area known as Denmark. He could not conform to the unity. Many activists were traumatized when they came to realization of the fact that the rule occupying area known as Denmark had no will in integrating their own underlings by means other than brute police force.

After the movie was cast, a brief discussion ensued.

I was able to inquire about the public opinion. The public opinion was divided,  about half  being supportive of the squatters.  A question was made about riots in Scania and the inclusion of immigrants. It seems that the immigrants did not want to conform to the ban of sexism and homophobia, even attacking parties where there were homosexuals, but they were eager to participate in demonstrations.

Danish police had tried to confiscate the tapes in many occasions making the filming difficult. That was a direct violation of the freedom of the press.  In one point they gave the tapes back as they should have, but then tried to get a permission in court for home search, which was denied.

Much of the discussion centered around technicalities and especially Riikka Kaihovaara was asking a lot of questions.

In the announcement board there was a note that a car has been patrolling the area,  seemingly spying squatters.

No alcoholic beverages were sold or used in the premises. Sosiaalikeskus is not accessible for people that are on wheelchair. I spotted open heterosexual behavior, but also some gender nonconformity. People were young, only few people estimated over thirty-five, none were non-Caucasian.

Sexsist "artwork" in Sompasaari

I could see someone being offended by the sexism of this

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One Response

  1. Nice posting, I like the way you write.

    I see the free graffiti walls as open canvas.
    Anyone can paint anything they wish anywhere on the wall.
    There was a huge cock, made quickly on the wall in this spot.
    I think it was made in the first night.
    After a while something like this appeared on its place, and it has been changing a bit due time.
    I see the stairway of the social center as a place where you can watch being created and create yourself a living journal of the atmosphere, happenings, and people of the house.
    So if anything offends you there, in any way, PLEASE, do something about it.
    Write on it, paint on it, cover it with a poster.

    Also, I would like to comment this:
    “Even though there was a declaration of not having sex-designated jobs, women did things like mopping the premises and making food, while men took care of everything technical that was related in showing the movie.”

    Things get done as they do. Usually people who _want_ to do the job, do the job.
    I myself haven’t been feeling any forcing to do certain jobs in the house, and I am really sorry if anyone else has.
    When we put down the walls in the first week, there were both chicks and dudes doing all kinds of things, I did not notice any sexism there either.

    Keep up the bloggin,

    emie

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