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.

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6 thoughts on “panic at the Perseverance

  • 21 May 2017 at 12:06 am
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    Bullshit post Brian. Capsicum spray has been known to be lethal, which is why it’s illegal. So the guys who allegedly harrassed this female deserved to die? The way I heard it she was looking for an excuse to use it. Who goes out at night armed with this shit?

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    • 21 May 2017 at 12:15 am
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      It sounds like you’re blaming the victim. If you choose to violate someone’s rights you can’t expect the person you’ve assaulted to subsequently respect your rights.

      As for who carries such things? Women who are scared of being raped by men in bars, men driving taxis, men catcalling them on the street. You seem oblivious to the problem. Men are the problem.

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  • 21 May 2017 at 10:17 am
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    Men are NOT the problem. Dickheads and low lifes are the problem. I don’t accept moral responsibility for the actions of others. The alleged ‘victim’ could have referred the problem to Perseverance security. Or she could have called the police, who were probably sitting on their arses eating pizza less than 100 metres away. She also apparently scarpered before the police arrived, so she must’nt have felt enough like a victim to stay around and give them the details of her ‘assault’.

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    • 21 May 2017 at 4:12 pm
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      She probably felt terrible about injuring other people and was scared she would be charged with assaulting them. If you’re trapped in a crowded dance floor and are being assaulted by two men panicking seems a likely outcome.

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  • 21 May 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    A stampede that could have arisen from use of the capsicum spray, that could have led to many deaths of innocent women and men, is one reason I can see for the banning of such a weapon. I would think a scream in a crowded venue would be more appropriate.

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    • 21 May 2017 at 6:48 pm
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      More naivety. A scream in a loud nightclub won’t be heard.

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