This photo shows the scene at the Perseverance hotel on Brunswick St the morning after the gas exposure incident on the night of 14 May 2017. A woman reportedly used capsicum spray on two men after they harassed her on the dance floor. On weekend nights the Perseverance is a nightclub, not a pub. Young people form a long queue to get in.
I congratulate the woman for taking action to protect herself. In the moment she obviously wasn’t able to think through the consequences of affecting all the people around her. She evidently wasn’t able to get to venue security guards to ask them to help her. Venues have a responsibility to keep their customers safe but they don’t do enough to monitor and respond to the behaviour of men who harass women.
It is illegal to carry capsicum spray for self defence, which is bullshit. People should be able to use whatever they need to defend themselves. Apparently the police now use a foam because it does not disperse and affect other people the way a gas does. Read more about the incident in reports from the Age and ABC.
I’m often embarrassed to be a man. I’m extremely cynical about the toxic state of gender relations in society. Bullies don’t respond to reason or claims to fairness. They only stop their negative behaviour when someone stronger forces them to. I think things will only get better for women when women start defending themselves more forcefully by stabbing men in the face whenever they get physically harassed. Women deserve to be safe, and men deserve to be held accountable for their abusive behaviour.