Pelle Svanslös Crosswalk

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I hate to distract from the cuteness of Pelle, but: Please help a non-Swede understand: Are men and women expected to use crosswalks separately in Sweden? How do you come to have gender-specific crosswalk signs? And, how does this impact gender-fluid pedestrians?

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Hi kraghh,

I’m also non-Swede, and asked the same question to a Swedish lady who showed me around the city. She explained it’s for gender equality. They decided to use both men and women on crosswalk signs, on each side. If you see a male sign when you start crossing a street, you’ll see a female one at the end of the crosswalk (vice versa). So (at least) men and women can cross any crosswalk.

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