The Swedish Academy's Permanent Secretary Sara Danius and academy member Sara Stridsberg leave a meeting at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 12, 2018. AFP / TT News Agency / Jonas EKSTROMER
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Outrage and photos of blouses sprouted Friday across Swedish social media in support of the ousted female leader of the prestigious academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. Many in gender-neutral Sweden are upset that two highly respected women are being forced out of top positions, effectively paying the price for the alleged sexual misconduct of a man, Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden.The prestigious academy has been in turmoil after the resignations last week of three men – Klas Ostergren, Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund – who quit after the 18-member academy voted not to remove Frostenson.Arnault was banned in December by the Swedish Academy from attending a Nobel banquet, after the Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter published allegations from 18 women claiming to have been assaulted or raped by him.Before the departures of Danius and Frostenson, seven of the academy's 18 members were women.The academy commissioned lawyers to investigate the ties between the Nobel body, its members and the cultural center led by Arnault.
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