The Amazons of Scandinavia


According to The Local, the Chinese media have started carrying reports about a mysterious Sapphic settlement in Sweden:

Some reports suggest that the women of Shakebao are prone to switching identities, while others argue that they were all the same woman all along.
AB Svensk Filmindustri

The town, supposedly founded in 1820 in the northern Swedish woods by a wealthy widow, boasts 25,000 residents and a medieval castle, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

A pair of blonde female sentries stand guard at the unnamed town, referred to in reports as "Shakebao" or "Chako Paul City", and men wishing to enter risk being "beaten half to death" by police.

In addition, many of the town's female residents turn to homosexuality "because they could not suppress their sexual needs", the Chinese news service Harbin News reports. The story also formed the basis of a Shanghai Media Group television report.

But Claes Bertilson, a spokesperson for Sweden's Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), is doubtful about the claims made by the Chinese media about Sweden's supposed "women-only" town.

"I've never heard anything about it," he told The Local.

You should read the whole thing. In the meantime, you'll have to forgive me if I can't stop quoting it:

Most of the town's all-female population is employed in the forestry industry, with many sporting a "thick waist belt full of woodworking equipment", according to Xinhua.

And women who decide to leave the town to fulfill their carnal desires are only allowed to re-enter Chako Paul City if they agree to bathe and undertake several other measures designed to ensure that their out-of-town trysts don't negatively affect the mental state of other women in the town.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Xinhua adds that "Chako Paul's tourism industry is increasingly prosperous".

"Hotels and restaurants are everywhere, to receive women from around the world," the agency reports.

And in 2015: Paradise Island! |||

Although Per Wilhelmsson of the tourist office in Umeå in northern Sweden said he had never heard of Chako Paul City, he did confirm that tourism in thearea is bustling….

When asked what else might be drawing tourists to northern Sweden besides the chance to visit an isolated town filled with sexually frustrated females, Wilhelmsson had a theory of his own.

"It's hard to say for sure, but I think part of it might be increased interest following our designation as Europe's Cultural Capital for 2014," he said.

Update: Elaine Chow at Shanghaiist has more.

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  1. This is a wonderful story.

  2. I for one welcome our new etc.

  3. Well, I’m seeing an opportunity here for Sweden’s tourism industry. Built it, and they will most assuredly come.

  4. The first thing that came to mind was the castle full of women in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    “I’ve been bad. Punish me.”

    1. This is no joke! As unemployment rages, this kind of thing put a town on the map. Hire all the pretty local girl, or bus them in if you have to, and set up an “Amazon village”. Create a back story. Get some Renaissance Faire folks and costumes to play some parts.

      Leak it to a dozen or so press outlets around the globe, especially repressed ones, and invite them to come and look. Give them a show.

      Sit back and suck up the curious tourist dollars.

      It could be the modern Scopes Monkey trial.

    2. But they’d be singing “I’m a Lumberjack”.

  5. Should have…sent…a poet…

  6. ‘Can’t I have a little peril?

    No, it’s too perilous.

    I bet you’re gay.’

    1. No I’m not!

  7. The dream:

    …many of the town’s female residents turn to homosexuality “because they could not suppress their sexual needs”

    The reality.

  8. “woodworking equipment” *snicker*

  9. I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

    If I was a betting man, I would wager there are a good number of female mullets, femullets, involved.

  10. and men wishing to enter risk being “beaten half to death” by police.

    It’s a trampling community too? The tolerance those Swedes have. It rivals the French!

  11. many of the town’s female residents turn to homosexuality “because they could not suppress their sexual needs”, the Chinese news service Harbin News reports

    So Harbin News is the Chinese version of MSNBC?

  12. I wonder if they’re all on the same cycle?

    1. Most research suggests that it is only women in close proximity that are regularly engaged in heterosexual relations will experience menstrual synchronization.

    2. The movie 40 days and nights was based on events that took place in the amazon town in the winter of 2003…

      although a more correct title would be 3 days and nights

  13. Weekly World News has a subsidiary in China? Who knew?

  14. I wonder if they’re all on the same cycle?

    A bicycle built for 25,000? That’s totally gay.

  15. The UMEA logo is racist. Change it.

  16. Knowledge is not power. I would be a much happier person if I actually believed this report to be true. Perhaps if I move to China, the media reports will be so convincing that I do believe. I might move to China, just on the off-chance this is possible.

  17. Oh man, I could be a sex slave. That would be cool. “Stop, Stop, …stop it some more.”

  18. “Most of the town’s all-female population is employed in the forestry industry, with many sporting a “thick waist belt full of woodworking equipment”
    Also, reports indicate that the residents are unusually proficient at softball. Wags continue to wonder why lesbians are so good at handling wood and balls for a game, but suck (i.e., do not suck) when handling such real world accoutrement

  19. Giggity.

  20. Jezebel’s coverage. Too little outrage for funny, though.

    1. Yes, Kate and her little friend sound like a barrel of laughs.


  22. Oh, I dunno, SF.

    He felt inhibited, as though he had to watch his behavior and be on guard against any possible offense. “That’s how women feel all the time in the rest of the world,” I told him.

    That’s some good comedy, right there.

    1. It wasn’t the heights of hilarious; I was just making a Komedy Kaveat.

      Not like the girls at Feministing dreaming about the small businesses they’d like to open.

      I have a couple ideas. One would be to open a nifty vegetarian/organic/local food restaurant combined w/ a small indie bookstore that would feature readings and performances from cool artists, particularly looking for female, queer, and/or people of color.

      1. That’s a pretty awesome thread, Sug. I especially like the very important disclaimer that the fembiz would not have to be about teh evil profits.

        1. And she was going to open a feminist sex toy shop. Miriam is the lesbian doula who identifies as male. Sexy times.

          1. I wonder what their position is on big, veiny dildos? Feminist-approved?

            1. Actually, there is a very funny and hypocritical stance most of them make. Sex toys that look like women parts = mutilation fetish; chopped off penises = all is right in the world.

              Best sex toy thread ever.

            2. It’s the upside-down balls and glued-back-on-sideways penis of the last man who tried to sneak in.

              The biggest problem is how they kept slipping down the pike at the town entrance.

              1. Damn these threaded comments!

                That was in response to Dagney, below, wondering what the logo is.

      2. I’d like to start a business as a “personal charities manager”. Spend about 15 minutes talking with a client, getting an idea of the kinds of causes they care about. Then they could decide how much they want to spend yearly, quarterly, whatever. I would bill them and provide a report of which places they gave money to at the frequency they choose (again, anually, or quarterly). They’d also be able to access a report of their giving on-line.

        1. You left out the best part of that post:

          If a “personal charities manager” were something that could become widely known and used, I think it could reduce a lot of inefficiency and waste.

          So by creating a reduntant,useless position we’re going to reduce inefficiency. Fantastic!

  23. Can’t find the link, but there was an NYT profile a while back of an all-female commune here in the US, and it was filled with a lot of old lesbians who debated whether or not male infants should be allowed, and said “patriarchy” a lot. Not. Sexy.

    Also, I don’t understand that logo. Is it a fetus? A kidney bean? A smiling ass? Swedes are weird.

    1. It’s the Women’s fesival in Michigan. Penises scare them.

      1. I believe that should be Womyn’s Festival, TWW.

        The spell things differently, out there.

  24. Didn’t the mythical Amazons use the men captured in battle for procreation and then kill them, or something?

    How do these women handle that particular need? After all the article does say the settlement’s been around since 1820. Or are they like the Shakers, relying completely on converts to replennish their ranks?

    Wait a minute, is this the same Chinese paper that reprinted the Onion article about the goverment putting the Capitol building up for sale?

  25. Swedes are weird.

    Probably comes from being blocked in with ice and snow and getting sixhours of sunlight a day for six months of the year.

    But why am I telling you this, you’re a Canian?

  26. “Canian” should be “Canadian”, godammit!

    1. or if you will… “yes we canians”… so long as the very big and benign government says it’s okay…

      Northern Canada is full of villages like that… where the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered, othergendered etc etc, sisterhood, live in peacefull Gaia respectfull harmony with our MOTHER nature

  27. Is Xinhua the same news agency that published Onion stories as fact some years back?

    It’s a bit suspicious that an Amazonian village in Sweden would pop up so soon after an Amazonian village was “reported” in the Ukraine.*

    We stand at the birth of an urban legend.


    1. We stand at the birth of an urban legend.

      Don’t get anything on you.

  28. So in China, when an editor needs to fill a few more inches, he goes to the internet and grabs some half-assed erotica/fanfic.

    In America they go to the fax machine and copy some corporate/government press release.

    1. Yet another reason the Chinese are superior.

      1. In 1984 the government published all the porn. It’s a freaking manual for totalitarians everywhere.

    2. I’m more under the impression that the story was transcribed from a wadded up paper towel Rorschach blot in the reporter’s apartment the night before.

    3. In America they go to the fax machine and copy some corporate/government press release.

      They put together the entire paper this way. This is the new journalism.

  29. I just wonder what Chinese government propaganda purpose is being served by printing this story.

    1. Someone is hastily setting up a travel agency as we speak.

  30. Isaac, you may have a point. Have you seen the Olympic mascots my compatriots came up with?

    1. Sweet fuck! When did Steve Smith grow his hair out?!?

      1. Awesome. When you click Steve, this hilarious nonsense word comes out over and over again. Must be the Canadian word for hairy rapist.

        1. Everyone knows Canadians have over twenty words for hairy rapist.

          1. “Episiarch” is number 6.

        2. Nonsense word? The hairy one says “crotchy”, the swimmy one says “poofter”, and the last one says “sue me”. WTF?

    2. Who the hell comes up with this stuff. Chicago really needs to count it’s collective blessings

  31. The comments in that Jezebel thread are priceless….

    “it was a hard adjustment when i first left the pro-woman bubble that smith/noho provides. it was a serious culture shock and at first i felt like i was being constantly reminded of my otherness when i went out in public. ive learned to filter out some of that stuff, but every now and then i get so nostalgic for the comfort of that safe little lady bubble.”

    I wish I had a bubble.

    1. I’ve got good bubble. 😉

  32. Great, now even sexual fantasies are being outsourced to China. Hopefully the “Made In China” label won’t interfere too much.

  33. “and men wishing to enter risk being “beaten half to death” by police.”

    Aw, I was hoping for death by snus-snus.

    1. “beaten half to death” is northern swedish slang for handjob

  34. yikes, I mean snu snu. I don’t know how that extra ‘s’ got in their. Death by snus would indeed be horrible.

  35. “in THERE”! GAH!

    Can haz edit plz?

    1. editing posts would require us all to login

      1. And allow people here to edit history when they are later proven wrong. Such as John’s classic, “The inauguration will be a bigger disaster than Katrina”

        1. If you will note, we’ve had Obama as president ever since. What are you prepared to call disaster?

  36. How could this be? The Swedes took that road, and now they’re all serfs!

  37. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1915. (Gutenberg project)

    The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). The result is an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination. (wiki)

    1. That was the first thought I had about htis story. I had to read that tripe for a sci-fi lit class in college that was taught by a uber-feminist.

  38. This thread has real potential. I already spit my soup all over my screen just by reading the reactions to the feministing comments.

    stop it I can’t breathe

  39. Have you seen the Olympic mascots my compatriots came up with?

    They look like the Happy Tree Friends. I kept waiting for the decapitations to begin…

  40. Quatchi! quatchi quatchi quatchi quatchi quatchi quatchi quatchi!


  41. From the Jazebel comments:

    “I’d like see the tourism brochure for Chako Paul City:

    “Come to Chako Paul City, eating out has never been so much fun!””

  42. The result is an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination.

    Yeah. Sure. I’m reminded of Species.

    Xavier Fitch: We decided to make it female so it would be more docile and controllable.
    Preston Lennox: More docile and controllable, eh? You guys don’t get out much.

    A society composed entirely of women would be fucking vicious. Not very violent, mind you, but cruel.

  43. Snu-snu:”The spirit is willing… But the body is spongy and bruised.”

    Seriously, SugarFree:

    “Best sex toy thread ever.”

    God, I’ve never read the word “dismemebered” more before in my life.

    And by that logic, every sex toy is dismemberer unless it’s a RealDoll?

    Those things are fucking expensive!

    Other people already said it, I don’t know who you read stand it over there. I felt like there were eyes shooting daggers at me through my monitor, shouting “Oppressor!”

  44. A central planner’s wet dream. Just wow.

  45. Chako Paul leads the world in statistics for Lesbian Wrinkle Death.

  46. safe little lady bubble

    Phrase of the week.

    Also: Edward, kill yourself.

  47. Those two bitches need a little more work on their rapper faces. Maybe Jay-Z can help them out:

  48. China needs women; Sweden needs men; it looks like a perfect fit. And you know what Swedish chicks say about Chinese dudes: “the small pepper is hotter!”

    1. Ok, Alan, that was funny.

  49. Lesbian Wrinkle Death

    That’s gonna be my band name if I can’t get signed with my first choice, Knee Grow.

  50. At first I thought “OH, Please! Oh Please!”

    Then I thought, “How much Indigo Girls music can a dude stand before setting himself on fire?”

    1. Very little. So little…

  51. They didn’t accompany the story with any art?!! What has the Chinese press come to?!!

  52. Some have scoured the oceans for Atlantas, or the jungles for El Dorado, or the mountains for Shangri-La; I myself shall one day chart the path to Chako Paul, with a rucksack full of AA batteries, with my nose to the wind for that fish-like smell.

  53. #*!@$ *Atlantis*

  54. Sorry, I have to inject some more wisdom from that awesome thread on femstring:
    “I want to start a Feminist porn production company, where the actors are paid decent wages and significant college scholarships, and in which the films/books/photos produced have women in positions of control and power.
    I also want to open a candy store, complete with homemade candy, but I don’t know if that type of business can be improved on. :)”

    “The other idea would be to start a media empire that produced feminist books, movies, tv shows, graphic novels etc, as a counterbalance to all the male-heavy art that exists.”

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