Statement Festival, a Swedish music festival that described itself as “the world’s first major music festival for women, non-binary and transgender only” has been found guilty of discrimination by Sweden’s discrimination ombudsman (DO).
The inaugural festival was held in Gothenburg in August. The investigation began in July.
In the ruling via The Guardian, the DO said that even though the festival didn’t strictly enforce a “man-free” rule since “no differentiation based on sex was made between visitors at entry,” statements made before the festival made it very clear that it “discouraged a certain group from attending the event.” As a result, it breached a law banning gender discrimination.
“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 festival said in a statement. “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.”
The DO did say in its ruling that it should not call into question “the serious problem of sexual assault." No penalties were enforced on Statement.
Agree with this or not, you can just hear the cheers from incelweb. Fuck those guys. It also doesn’t change that sexual assault is a massive problem at music festivals, which do not do enough to stop it and men need to be much better fellow festival attendees.