Lääppijä is a subject derived from the Finnish verb “lääppiä”. It can roughly be translated to as “groper” and can be understood as a person engaging in socially aggressive, sexually inappropriate behavior. Despite the term having an aged sound, it captures the nature of sexual harassment better than many of its English counterparts due to its vague connotation. This very term became a hashtag after a high-ranking police officer claimed that sexual harassment did not exist in Finland before the events of New Year’s Eve of 2015.
- Ilkka Penttinen is Finnish by nationality and currently works and lives in Belgium. He holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences and has worked with different European organisations in Brussels. Despite his work in public policy, Penttinen's background is in research and sociology and he is a regular participant in gender related discussions.