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December 13, 2007

Speaking of Pussification

The heraldic insignia of the Nordic Battle Group of the Swedish Army now features an emasculated lion. The move was taken by a special army board to avoid a lawsuit over gender discrimination, because some chick soldiers complained about it.

The image of a male lion, brandishing a sword and an olive branch, originally displayed its private parts but they were later edited out after protests from female soldiers, the Goteborgs-Posten newspaper reported.

Artist Vladimir Sagerlund, who designed it, does not approve.

'A heraldic lion is a powerful and magnificent symbol with intact genitalia, and I cannot approve an edited image,' Sagerlund told the newspaper.

Sagerlund said the change also indicated a lack of historical understanding since coats of arms adorned without genitalia were traditionally given to people who had betrayed the Crown.

I have a feeling there is more historical significance to that whole "betraying the crown/emasculation" thing than I really care to know.


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