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Wellesley students scream “rape trigger,” file petition to remove STATUE of man in undies

February 6, 2014

Maybe it’s because he’s wearing briefs, not boxers.

Here’s what the petition says:

The sculpture of the nearly naked man on the Wellesley College campus is an inappropriate and potentially harmful addition to our community that we, as members of the student body, would like removed from outdoor space immediately, and placed inside the [campus’s] Davis Museum.

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Within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, the highly lifelike sculpture by Tony Matelli, entitled “Sleepwalker,” has become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community.

Right, because it’s so easy to get raped by a statue.

Lisa Fischman, director of the Davis Museum, responded by explaining that the statue represented “the idea of art escaping the museum and muddling the line between what we expect to be inside (art) and what we expect to be outside (life).”

But the Wellesley students were having none of that. Here are some of their thoughts, posted on Change.org along with the peitition:

I can report that the responses that this statue is invoking are largely ones of discomfort, anxiety, shock and disgust….

Students…find the statue creepy and unsettling and don’t relish the thought of having to walk past it each day – some students are even going so far as to plan alternate routes to “get out of the statue’s way.” (dir. quote)… Our safe space – the only safe space for some of us – is being heavily compromised, and the fact that you are choosing to defend the statue before considering students’ comfort-levels is a shame.

And then there’s this:

What does this statue do if not remind us of the fact of male privilege every single time we pass it, every single time we think about it, every single time we are forced to acknowledge its presence.

We must ban all artistic representations of male people because that’s “male privilege.”

Actually the “Sleepwalker” looks too befuddled to find the bathroom, much less commit rape. But then again, I don’t have the “trigger”-happy mindset of Wellesley feminists.

I wonder what the delicately sensitive Wellesley girls would make of this work of art.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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2 Comments
  1. Seriously: could the criticism of the Wellesley community (or, more accurately, its more hypersensitive, neurotic, and indeed, *hysterical* members) be more Freudian? Trigger? Inside/Outside? It would make my day if the Davis were pear-shaped.

    It’s entertaining, though, to watch the idiotic vacuities of the artistic types collide with the Victorian sensibilities of the sexually-conflicted feminists.

  2. Days of Broken Arrows permalink

    “What does this statue do if not remind us of the fact of male privilege every single time we pass it, every single time we think about it, every single time we are forced to acknowledge its presence.”

    What happens when these women catch a glimpse of ol’ Mikey Phelps at the Olympics, with his barely-there bathing suit? If the statue is too traumatic, I think this would be so damaging to women that they might just completely lose it and have to be institutionalized.

    Therefore, I propose a ban on women watching summer Olympics. If you are a parent and you let you daughter watch Michael Phelps, you are guilty of child abuse and you should be IN JAIL.

    Coming soon: teaching girls about the past presidents of the US is too “privilegy,” so girls will be able to opt-out of class if they feel it’s too traumatic for them. Responsible parents will want to shield their daughters from the HORROR OF HISTORY.

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