Paul Young, who really, really has to see a video of women who agreed to be filmed under the condition men not look at them, thinks this whole Dowse thing is “the thin end of the wedge.”
I agree. Why, allow this 3-minute video to be shown off in a tiny blocked-off out-of-the-way of a public gallery, and what’s next? Five-minute videos? Ten?????? My god, they might extend it to an area larger than a toilet cubicle! It might not be tucked away behind the reception desk!
Seriously, though, watch the 3News video. Now when they’re talking about Paul and his mates “politely asking” to see something in the full knowledge it violates the wishes of the participants, who talks about “respectfully declining”? The gallery head does. Who brings up “maybe they’ll call in the police!!!!”? Paul Young does. Gee, which side do you think is trying to stir shit up? Which side do you think has a grandiose sense of entitlement?
If the Dowse Gallery is clever, they will have a handy power switch at reception which will stop the exhibit playing if any entitled wankers like Paul Young try to bully their way into an exhibition which does not affect them, does not impede them, does not harm them – except for the terrible damage done to their privilege.
Paul Young is hopeful they’ll “sway” the issue – i.e. the exhibit will be “canned” and no one will be allowed to see it. Because Muslim women’s ability to have private spaces and interactions outside the male gaze is that fucking threatening, apparently.
White male privilege: you haz it, Paul.