Kajsa Ekis Ekman

Kajsa Ekis Ekman in 2013

Kajsa "Ekis" Ekman (born 1980) is a Swedish journalist, writer, and activist. She is the author of several works about the financial crisis, women's rights, and critiques of capitalism. She writes for the culture section of the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, and is an op-ed columnist at the left-wing daily ETC.[1] She also writes for the Guardian, TruthDig, and Feminist Current.


Her book Being and Being Bought,[2] compares the sex industry and the surrogacy industry, and how they both commodify women's bodies. It criticizes the notion of "sex work" as being an unholy alliance between the neoliberal right and the postmodern left, used to legitimize the sex industry. She also argues that "trade unions for sex workers" in many cases are funded by pimps, states, and academics, and have very little to do with labor struggle. The book has been translated into French, English, Spanish, and German.

Her book Stolen Spring [3] describes the eurocrisis as seen from Athens, and the way in which it affected the Greek economy. Ekman criticizes the view that the eurocrisis was caused by the Greek workers, and instead traces it back to changes in capitalism. She was given the prize "Swedish-Greek of the Year" 2016 for her solidarity with Greece. [4]

Ekman was one of the key note speakers at the 2014 Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

In her Ted Talk, "Everybody talks about Capitalism, but what is it?", she speaks about free market as a useful tool, but capitalism as a force unable of moral responsibility, and plan for the climate, the country, and the world. She suggests regulation of the finance sector to avoid crises, and suggests "democracy in all sectors of society, also in the working place".[5]

She was one of the participants on the Freedom Flotilla 2015 to Gaza.

In February 2018 Ekman was scheduled to speak at a conference about pornography and prostitution in Gothenburg. Her talk was cancelled and she was asked to stay away after she had expressed doubts about thinking of gender solely as a social construct and suggested that there is undeniably a biological aspect to it in an article for Aftonbladet shortly before the conference began.[6] In a statement on their website the organizers of the conference, Roks, declared this inconsistent with their values and therefore cancelled the talk.[7]

Awards and honoursEdit


  1. ^ Kajsa Ekis Ekman at Lybrary.com Archived 2015-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ekman, Kajsa Ekis: Being and Being Bought - Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self. Melbourne: Spinifex Press, 2013
  3. ^ Ekman, Kajsa Ekis: Κλεμμένη Ανοιξη Athens: Kedros Publishers, 2014
  4. ^ "Årets svensk-grek"
  5. ^ "Everybody talks about capitalism, but what is it?" TedX Athens 2014
  6. ^ "Könet i knoppen"
  7. ^ "Uttalande angående Kajsa Ekis Ekmans deltagande på Roks konferens 20 februari"
  8. ^ "The Lenin Award". Retrieved 22 March 2020.

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