Dr. Helen

Why Are Men Being Banned From a Music Festival?

Holger Ellgaard (source: Wikipedia). A photo of Stockholm, Sweden's capital.

Granted, most men probably couldn’t care less but it seems outrageous that women thought they could get away with having a “man-free” festival:

A ‘man free’ feminist music festival in Sweden has been found guilty of discrimination, it has emerged.

The event, called Statement, was held in Gothenburg in August this year having been billed as ‘the world’s first major music festival for women, non-binary and transgender only’.

But describing the festival as ‘male-free’ was a violation of anti-discrimination legislation, Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) has ruled.

I love the event’s response:

In response, Statement said on Facebook that it was unfazed by the ruling and was ‘busy changing the world’.

‘It’s sad that what 5,000 women, non-binaries and transgender experienced as a life-changing festival, made a few cis-men lose it completely.

‘The success of the Statement festival shows that is exactly what we need, and the DO’s verdict doesn’t change this fact. Otherwise, we have no comments. We are busy changing the world.’

They are busy changing the world into one that discriminates. How ironic is that?