Lesbian Prime Minister for Iceland


“Johanna Sigurdardottir, named as Iceland’s prime minister on Sunday, is the first openly lesbian head of government in Europe, if not the world – at least in modern times.”

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  1. Commodore Angryy
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Does her being a lesbian, or even a woman, instantly make her a better politician or leader or somehting?

  2. cettefemme
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I’m glad!
    That said, there’s probably going to be a lot of misogynistic rampaging by those ‘internet guys’ who feel threatened when a woman is a lesbian as it means she finds women attractive but wouldn’t have sex with a man as well at the same time, therefore making her redundant as a human being.
    Hopefully she can do something to change public perception and misconceptions about lesbianism.

  3. Nik
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Not necessarily, althrough three decades in government might well do.
    There is also the well-supported rationale that groups with fewer socio-economic advantages logically tend to have worked harder and longer to get to the same position, ie. she is likely to be more talented and diligent than a heterosexual man with the same career path.
    I feel that this is an important step in politics towards greater acceptance – now Barack Obama (sadly) and other leaders may not support gay marriage, but they may well find themselves doing business and diplomatic protocol with a capable, middle-aged woman who has been married to another woman for seven years.

    Posted February 22, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    It’s sad that the Icelandic Parliament couldn’t bring itself to elect an openly lesbian woman prime minister until after her predecessor – a macho man “master-of-the-universe” Gordon Gekkoesque speculator creep – totally wrecked the Icelandic economy.
    He took a sustainable country who’s economy was based on fishing, providing transatlantic airline services and geothermal power and made the country the # 1 money launderer of Europe.
    Now she has to pick up the pieces – good luck, Johanna Sigurdardottir!
    Incidentally, Sigurdardottir is the country’s first working class prime minister – she used to be a flight attendant on Icelandic Airlines.

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