Still, it's made clear that Sophie's gender is an insecurity of hers, particularly in the workforce, and particularly regarding middle-aged men. When she's temporarily demoted, she goes off on a tirade against her boss, Arne Arnesen (Björn Granath).
"You're a middle-aged man, I'm a young woman. My competence intimidates you, so you attack every little mistake I make. If I'd been a man, things would be different. There would've been pats on the back, golf rounds, and trips to Tallinn. That's called homosociality. You should brush up on your gender theory. You've come here to tell me off for one reason. Because I'm a woman!"
It's an impressive speech, but then Arnesen reminds her that no, it's not her gender, but the fact that she keeps impulsively shooting innocent people. And though he's not wrong -- Sophie's incompetence, not her gender, is her fault -- her insecurities prove that even in functioning socialist countries, sexism filters into systems of power and the common psyche, and still affects the way women perform in the workplace. That insecurity is what drives Sophie, and makes her more complex than satire trappings might otherwise allow.