Wellesley Students Denounce White Male Privilege of Statue


sleep1

I changed my mind. Liberalism isn’t a mental illness. Actual mental illness is more reasonable than this.

A sleep-walking man clad solely in his underwear is a bit startling to encounter on the campus of a women’s college. Even if he’s just made of bronze and paint.

Double-takes and debate have abounded this week at Wellesley College, where a lifelike statue of a somnambulant male was installed outdoors as part of a new exhibit at the Davis Museum.

Hundreds of outraged students have signed a petition asking administrators to remove it.

Of course they have, because liberalism.

“[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community,” says the petition.

Fears of sexual assault… from an inanimate object. But the actual petition is full of even crazier arguments.

“Many students are already forcing themselves to “get used to it” (dir. quote) and to accept it as a situation that they do not have control over and are powerless to. This is an emotion that is all too familiar in the real world for many people, and I am shocked that this kind of scenario is being willfully replicated right on Wellesley’s campus. 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.”

Sruthi Narayanan

But Sruthi’s fears that her safe space has been violated by an inanimate object… that she knows is inanimate is sane compared to the white male privilege claim…

Even unconscious and vulnerable, he is threatening. “Arms outstretched, eyes closed,” he lumbers forward, quite literally unable to acknowledge the presence of his (in this context) largely female spectators. What a perfect representation of the world outside of Wellesley, where women and people identifying as women are often subject to a similar ambivalence. “I’m not even conscious that I’m wandering through your lady landscape,” the statue says. “I do not have to experience you. I feel about you the same way I feel about the snow. But you have to experience me, and I don’t care.”

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

Maggie

It’s a… statue. It can’t acknowledge you. Like every other statue it is not conscious of you because it is not real.

A statue cannot be guilty of white male privilege. It is not alive. It is not guilty of anything. It’s an inanimate object.

Your claim that Sleepwalker is passive is spoken in privilege and without regard to the many students on this campus who have faced and survived assault, racism, and many other forms of violent oppression.

Rebecca Layton

Great, so now the statue is also racist

Mr. Matelli comes from a place of great privilege which has apparently been used to place a sculpture of the white male body on campus. I find it weirdly invasive. Wellesley students already have a hard enough time a) keeping creepy boys away and b) destabilizing power structures of gender, race, and class.

You claim that Sleepwalker is inert, passive – free of action or blame. Funny, so do his real-life counterparts.

Anne Corbett

It’s not a creepy boy. It’s a statue. It is literally passive and inert.

I can tell you from my daughter’s perspective (current Wellesley senior) that her reaction would have been almost the same had the statue been female. She encountered this “art” at night while walking back to her dorm from a class (alone). She was startled, concerned, and, yes, frightened. She was ready to call the campus police when she realized that the statue wasn’t moving. She has had very poor reactions to hyper-realistic art for as long as she can remember. Now she is forced to walk past this “art” on a daily basis, in the community that she has called home for 3 1/2 years. This is disrupting her studies and causing a great deal of stress. Her reaction would be similar to a female statue because of the hyper-realistic portrayal

Emily Ritsema

I don’t even…  “She has had very poor reactions to hyper-realistic art for as long as she can remember.”

Wasn’t there a time when 18-22 year olds went out to war, got married and had children? Is Emily’s daughter seven years old?

This is not art! It’s a sexual assault!

Laura Kenderes

A statue. S…t…a…t…u…e.

The sculpture can traumatize and terrorize students on campus who deserve a safe place. To some extent, I personally see it as sexual harassment by proxy.

Yue Xing

I give up. Ladies and gentlemen, your future elites and leaders of tomorrow have spoken. Just wait until they control your lives.

 

  • DogmaelJones1

    Suppose the statue — yes, just a statue — had been of a sleepwalking black male? Would the reaction have been the same? This is aside from the issue that such a statue is lousy art. It ain’t Michelangelo’s “David,” not by a long shot. Or would a statue of a sleepwalking black male have been called “racist”? You really never know any more with these college-lobotomized loons, what they’ll say or do. .

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Then objecting to it would be racism. You could drape a rainbow scarf over it and then objecting to it would be homophobic.

      • nobody

        Since everything male, uh pretty much is racism, why not give the guy a stiffy?!?!

      • J. Bargholz

        Try draping it in an American flag with a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other and see what happens.

      • Chant

        And therein lies the problem. The power of white privilege implies being in a position of being out of harms way; meaning, why would a heterosexual white able-bodied male ever be offended by any of the scenarios in this post.
        It seems, the easiest way to identify those who take full advantage their power/privilege with out regard to others, is to point out how offensive their insensitivity and ignorance is and wait to see who steps forward to complain about those who speak up for themselves.
        When the most offensive thing you can do to someone is to tell them how insensitive they are and how it effects others, it is almost always because they are in a position of power and privilege.

    • iluvisrael

      If the statue were a female, the nutbags would be whining that it ‘objectifies women’ Ya can’t win with liberal/left gasbags – they’ll just scream “you’re a racist” and go home.

      • J. Bargholz

        Imagine the reaction if it looked like Hillary Clinton. (Just imagine the reaction. For your own safety, don’t imagine Hillary in her undies. Brr!)

    • truebearing

      As long as the statue has the potential to be hated, they will hate it, but they’d probably interpret the black statue’s nakedness as the fault of the white statue.

      Clearly, the students at Wellesley are working on their own monument to stupidity.

      • laura r

        i see not one girl insisted upon putting a black nude statue near by. why? because they dont want there perverse looking statues.

    • J. Bargholz

      Yes, they would denounce it as racism — after they ran away from what they thought was a stalking rapist.

      • DogmaelJones1

        Yes, run away from what they knew was a statue. Looks like the Wellesley girls have enlisted in the Duh! brigade.

    • laura r

      they would not dare to say a word. they would find it just as creepy, but would not say it. how stupid of the collage to make this trouble. just do a blk or brown one & everone shuts up.

      • A Z

        Creepy is ambiguous enough word (as you point out) that they do not have to explain themselves (and thus get hammered for being called out for being bigots) exactly why they do not like it, but specific enough for them to exert pressure to get the statue removed.

        It is a passive aggressive offensive.

    • Chant

      The question is, if it WERE a HALF NAKED SLEEPWALKING BLACK MAN, would YOUR reaction be the same? What would YOU interpret the artist’s intent to be? Would you find your answer to be RACIST or SEXIST when comparing it to your “JUST A STATUE” theory? I’m not asking you to answer publicly. Just think about it.

  • Pattymelt

    It is creepy and is an example of the degradation of “art” in our country. While not as bad as “Piss Christ” or “Dung Mary” social liberals seem to defend anything that is called “art”— and now even normally sane Daniel Sultanknish is doing so!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I’m not defending it as art. It’s a pointless gimmick, though there is some representational skill involved, which is more than can be said for most modern art.

      I’m writing about the ridiculous faux victimhood responses to it.

      • Craig

        Probably the happiest person in all of this is the sculptor. My guess is that, from the artist’s perspective, the worst response his art could possibly evoke is utter indifference. That sure hasn’t happened. Good one, ladies.

      • laura r

        see my comment adressed to you. the reactions are “faux”-you got that one right. but faux for another deeper more troubling reason.

  • Fed Up

    “…become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community,…”

    You know, if the girls of Wellesley objected on aesthetic, taste or moral grounds I’d be with them 100%. It is pointless, stupid and ugly. And if you google the guy you’ll find he’s one of these oh-so-modern, one trick pony artists repeating the same basic shtick.

    But no, true to form, the fainting ladies frame it in universal victimhood at the hands of men. So I say this Matelli clown should go all in and motorize the dang thing so it lurches around the campus discomfiting as many of these very-modern girls as possible.

    • Gavin

      Well put, friend.

    • Chant

      But why? Why do something to someone who has done nothing to hurt you just because you know it will hurt, upset or offend them when there is no other benefit to you but to see them suffer?? Re: “So I say this Matelli clown should go all in and motorize the dang thing so it lurches around the campus discomfiting as many of these very-modern girls as possible.”

  • kasandra

    Well, these people are obviously in need of psychiatric help but I think that, of all of them, Sruthi has the best grip on reality. By writing “This is an emotion that is all too familiar in the real world for many
    people, and I am shocked that this kind of scenario is being willfully
    replicated right on Wellesley’s campus,” she is actually acknowledging that Wellesley is not a part of the “real world.” I would certainly agree with that assessment.

  • Gavin

    Seeing this headline made my morning.

    This is rich. Modern art and feminism at odds with each other? Let the loons of the academy battle it out so they can leave decent people alone.

  • Race_Dissident

    I chuckled with mirth and disbelief while reading this piece. Yes, disbelief, because even though I tell myself I’ll never again be taken aback by the stupidity and lunacy of Leftists, they somehow manage to unleash another corker that leaves me clutching my sides.
    But as laughable as these silly ditzes are, there’s something very menacing about them. At root, what they are saying is that the mere presence of white males is unacceptable to them. What would happen in the event that these raving harridans actually gained power? Unlikely in the short term, but 50 years from now such radical nuts could be erecting new Sobibors for Bob and Treblinkas for Ted.

    • Kaitlin Powell

      They wont.. It will change and dramatically. On campus your victimhood and sexuality is at the forefront. After school, the real living begins. Im on the front line and its a horrible war. Men dont want to have relationships, marriage and children, and the demonization of the traditional male has led to the “hook up culture”. Approaching 30, its not fun.

  • lookatme

    Anyone knows who is paying for this piece of art?

    • laura r

      certainly not SA $. i was proberly donated by one of the students.

  • lookatme

    Anyone know what this statue even is supposed to represent?

    • J. Bargholz

      Global warming? The walking dead? Jim Norton?

    • laura r

      could be a characture of a typical white man. (??)

  • glpage

    How do those stupid little girls know they guy isn’t gay? They have automatically jumped to the conclusion it’s their lame definition of a regular guy. They are going to be in a world of hurt when they have to leave Wellesley and interact with the real world. Is every metrosexual male in places like New York City going to scare the crap out of them?

    • Race_Dissident

      Quite right. If he was hetero, he’d doubtless be sportin’ a blue steel thumper. Belay, that. We’re talking about Wellesley broads. He may very well be straight, at least in one respect.

      • J. Bargholz

        He must be hetero, because he looks like he’s running away.

    • laura r

      the statue is NOT a metro sexual male. its a schump. its a 1/2 bald guy w/a nothing body. i would not want to see a gay muscle man characture in a throng either. what i would like is a realistic statue of 2 pac shakur. tattoos & all. thats hot. @least he had a dancers body.

      • J. Bargholz

        That’s not.

        • laura r

          gay lately? want to debate about whats “hot”? you have your type, i have mine.

      • A Z

        I saw some professor in another article come him schlumpy.

        I merely see someone out of shape. Like a sculptor sees a stature in a large stone, a drill instructor or physical trainer see potential in this man’s physique.

        Other than the bald head, how would the professor have stacked up if both she and this ‘fictitious’ guy had a physical trainers and both went on a show similar to “The Biggest Loser”?

        Pattern baldness could be considered the mark of a silverback. That is unless you like all your males perfectly coiffed and metrosexual like John Kerry (the orig metrosexual national level politician) or like Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

        As all the Hollywood celebrity photos of stars without their make up, you can make 90% of 99% of people look bad. you could make most super models look bad with a pose like this.

        • laura r

          i prefer beauty over ugliness. ill take leonardo divinci or micheal angelo. if i want modern reality, ill go to walmart. thankyou very much.

  • wileyvet

    So what are these students actually learning at Wellesley? Maybe they should just pack it in, go live with their parents in their pajamas for the rest of their lives, because they obviously will never be prepared for the real world.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      There’s always government and the non-profit sector or “journalism”.

      And that’s where they’re going to end up anyway.

      • Craig

        The students could always go ask Hillary Benghazi Clinton for a bit of career advice. Didn’t she go to Wellesley?

      • J. Bargholz

        Lucky us.

    • PAthena

      These ignorant girls have fathers. Do they really think that all males are evil??? What are they “learning” at Wellesley?

    • reever501

      I think it’s a slippery slope when you start proposing to ban art. Is it my cup of tea? No. But I can turn a blind eye to things I don’t like. My grandmother was an immigrant from Europe who was in this country for a year or two when she saw a sculpture of an abortion at a museum. Art is meant to evoke a response. She talked about that 30 years later. Be careful what you wish for because this weeks artwork could be next years literature or music. I could see the initial shock when first passing by it, but once you realize it’s a sculpture to be terrified by it? Really?

  • A Z

    A sculptor sees a shape in a rock and cuts away the pieces that doesn’t belong.
    Or think of an artist that does facial reconstructions from skulls. There is a technique for it.

    Now take this statue and replace the Y chromosome with and an X chromosome. Make the resultant female statue just as pudgy. with average features and no muscle tone. Put the figure in undies and a bra. Pose the the female statue in the same poser and see the feministas become unglued

  • iluvisrael

    The statue must be really angering all the men out there wearing boxers – sooooo insensitive!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Shrinkage? It’s cold out there.

      • iluvisrael

        It’s downright boxerism!

  • Yulia Demkin

    Oh the humanity! Imagine the horror these poor woman and persons identifying as woman must face every time they shop in a department store and have to face mannequins of privilege towering over them telling them “We are not here to validate your treasured oppression. Gaze upon our perfection as we stare off into space above your heads.”

    IS NO LADY LANDSCAPE SAFE!!!!

    • truebearing

      Well done! :)

      Yes, and those mannequins are symbols of men’s fetishism, sexual elitism, and objectification of the female body. They are talismans (shriek! these objects of good fortune have “man” right in the name!) of male control over female self-image. Why aren’t those mannequins fat, angry, and unattractive? Don’t all women aspire to look fat ,angry, or unattractive?

  • truebearing

    Typical of the narcissism running rampant in college females, all they can think about is their statuephobia. Where is their compassion for an unclothed sleepwalker, standing barefoot in the snow in the coldest winter in decades? If he’s so real to them, he must look cold to them.

    Thw women’s movement has frothed at the mouth for years at the suggestion that women are prone to hysteria. These Wellesley Brunhildas are the irrefutable proof it is true. This is female academic hysteria 101.

  • J. Bargholz

    The Wellesley lesbians and leftists are so filled with rabid hatred for White men that they cant even tolerate a statue of a White man – a statue meant to mock White men! Not that any of them would admit that their objections to it are based on misandry and resentment. The closest any of the shrews came to admitting her motivation is the one who referred to “creepy boys.” Not that an “artist” could erect any statue without a lynch mob forming. And not that any creepy boy could ever use the word “erect” at Wellesley.

    • laura r

      hes an ugly man. thats an issue right there.

      • J. Bargholz

        The world is filled with ugly people. Maybe we should get rid of them too. Or maybe every artist on the planet could ask you for permission to display their work.

        • laura r

          actually they should take a vote on campus. they are paying enough $, let them choose the art. its a girls school, not your business, its between the ladies.

  • Spasmolytic

    Wellesley is the Jonestown of feminist cult members.

  • laura r

    daniel: the statue is gross & tasteless. as a women i find it offensive, but not for all the same reasons the students do (or say they do). i have a feeling they are on the same page w/me, but wont keep it real. only one small comment as somewhere near a normal reaction. i think you too find that statue tasteless, & can understand my disgust. its not a micheal angelo nude, its a guy in dirty briefs. there is something predatory about him, like hes mental & roaming about. the problem here is that the women have to make PC excuses rather than being just normal decent women. everyone is sick in this scenario, the school & the students both. the excuses are pathetic. i think the statue is preparation for the coed bath rooms. i think you missed a deeper message here, girls are scared to be girls. (thats my take). you know the stature is disgusting. would that be on any college campus 40yrs ago?

    • J. Bargholz

      Normal decent women hate men so much that they cant abide a statue of one?

      • laura r

        (changed your name)? normal decent women dont want to see men in underwear. guess daniel isnt getting that. hes stressing the wrong issue here. would this statue in a yeshiva? why not? maybe he can answer that one.

        • J. Bargholz

          I changed my screen name.

          That isn’t a man in his underwear. It’s a STATUE.

          Normal decent lesbians don’t want to see men in their underwear but the majority of women do. Once the world starts revolving around women for real instead of on their minds, they can dictate what kind of statues us creepy boys make.

          The totalitarian and completely inconsistent leftism of the Wellesley misandrists is the only issue here.

          Why would there me a statue in a Yeshiva? They don’t teach art courses.

          • laura r

            most women want to “choose” who they see in underwear. (dont flatter yourself). they dont like this statue, as it is kind of creepy & he looks like a predator. they do have statues @ yeshivas. if they had “this” one daniel would be singing a different tune when the girls protest. he would be on the girls side. the article would have a differnet emphasis. i know yeshiva girls would not buy into the PC bs.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Oh I agree the statue is tasteless and ridiculous, especially at a woman’s college. But the responses to it read like propaganda 101.

      • laura r

        yes, they are indoctinated. but you know…..it is a middle aged man in underwear. the girls are 18 or so. thats unsavoy.

  • psyche

    Well, paint it brown, put a wig and bra on it so the girls can calm down, for Pete’s sakes.

  • Adam

    These are PROGRESSIVES. There’s nothing “liberal” about them.

    But, I can offer a solution to their predicament: They just need to make it “Pat” from Saturday Night Live. Then they will stand there all day having debates about androgynous privilege and its impact on the gender structure of the classless society.

  • reever501

    The statue is hardly a masterpiece of art, but objecting to it on the grounds of white male privilege sounds hollow considering it is coming from students privileged enough to afford the cost of a private college and whom the majority are white themselves.

    • laura r

      how come the privileged male wasnt wearing better looking underwear? how come he didnt look more fit?

      • reever501

        Laura you are missing my point. I am siding against those who find this offensive based on the grounds of male privilege. Especially when the ones crying privilege are privileged themselves. We all are in this country. Even the poorest have cell phones and Flat screen TVs in America. If you want to find true problems, visit a 3rd world country. It is true that the highest ranking CEOs tend to be white men but the fact is 99 percent of men and women alike are hard working, honest individuals who don’t live in the “1 percent” world and are just trying to support their families and make ends meet in a difficult economy. This guy is a regular Joe and I think the artist framed him that way for a purpose. He isn’t in the top 1 percent. He is probably wearing Hanes because he’s a working class guy who’d rather put the money toward his mortgage or food than pay 25 dollars for designer underwear.

        • laura r

          i get what youre saying. as i did say in one of my comments, both the statue & the objections are ridiculas. these are 18yr old girls, they are just repeating nonesence. also the man is middle aged, & that IS creepy for the girls as well. (regardless what kind of underwear he has on).

        • Chant

          Pure ignorance.
          Of course you think the objections are silly. Why wouldn’t you object to something you can’t relate to…”We are ALL privileged”?? A homeless woman was sentenced to YEARS of jail time for lying about where she lived so that her six year old son could attend a better school. YOU may be privileged, but you are also ignorant…”Even the poorest have cell phones and Flat screen TVs in America.”… Lol.. You’re CLUELESS.

  • laura r

    daniel, i this case i agree w/ semi sharia for modesty, or @least orthodox jews. it’s decadant, you know that.

  • knowshistory

    it is unaesthetic, and a silly idea. it is, if anything, demeaning to men. it should be destroyed because it should never have been made, and if made, should never have been publicly displayed. it is also demeaning to womyn, because it seems to be capable of making them reveal what total airheads they are.

    • WhiteHunter

      I can’t help wondering if it’s actually a practical joke pulled by the “artist” on the college, as so much of what passes for “art” today must be. I’ll bet lots of these “artists” probably laugh themselves silly, when nobody’s looking, that museums and collectors fall for the scam and pay big bucks for it!

      Hey, if they can get away with making their buyers look like fools and fleece them of thousands or millions of dollars, my hat’s off to them. My only objection is when it’s “public art” that’s paid for with tax dollars.

      • knowshistory

        I think you give them too much credit

  • WhiteHunter

    I wouldn’t call it “art” (any more than I’d call Warhol’s soup or Coke cans that); it looks like an unnervingly hyper-realistic department store mannequin of a somewhat dorky-looking guy. I can understand how a girl seeing it for the first time, expecially at night, and not knowing in advance that it was just a mannequin, might well be startled and even call the cops to report an intruder on campus. But when she finally realized what it was, the only sane response would be laughter, not indignant outrage and hysterical shrieks and accusations. Imagine if it’d been an equally realistic stature of a naked, physically, uh, “aroused” Bill Clinton. The girls would probably drop to their knees, THEN.

    But for all the militant young Wellesley lesbians to get their knickers in a knot with lunatic shrieks of racism and “white male privilege” and all the rest is insane. How are these emotionally fragile, timid, on-the-edge girls going to cope with the real world when they finally graduate?

  • Zombie

    …not one comment about the poor dudes welfare? Will these libturds find a white middle aged
    victim of some unknown disaster scarey and refuse him help? Or do these idiots think thats how rapists operate? Blinded, stumbling naked through the snow?….

  • AJ

    This is what our colleges are sh!tting out today ! People that can`t cope with reality. Liberals so afraid of life they are destroying life for all of us. So afraid to experience anything remotely uncomfortable, but instead of learning from it they kill it, FOR EVERYONE. YOU ALL are allowing this by not taking a stand against this insanity. We have become a society of cowards. We are p!ssing on the graves of those that shed blood for this type of freedom to exist. IF WE DON`T STAND FOR SOMETHING, THEN WE`LL FALL FOR ANYTHING !

  • Guest

    There should be 100 of those statues standing on the campus law by the morning ! Fight this liberal insanity !!

  • AJ

    There should be 100 of those statues standing on the campus lawn by the morning ! Fight this liberal insanity !!

  • Kaitlin Powell

    I wonder if the starving people in SE asia and Africa feel terrible for these women and all their problems. Oh my, what an absolutely horrible environment to live in. The cost of 1 Semester there is much more that the yearly income of more than 99% of the worlds yearly family income.
    Poor blessed little women indeed. (sarcasm).. Its time to stop this complaining, and fanning the flames of gender hypersensitivity. Enough already.

  • Kaitlin Powell

    I wonder if the starving people in SE asia and Africa feel terrible for these women and all their problems. Oh my, what an absolutely horrible environment to live in. The cost of 1 Semester there is much more that the yearly income of more than 99% of the worlds yearly family income.
    Poor blessed little women indeed. (sarcasm).. Its time to stop this complaining, and fanning the flames of gender hypersensitivity. Enough already.

  • Bill Miller

    who cares !!!

  • Chant

    I want to say I’m shocked at the level of insensitivity and in some instances, pure ignorance, in the views and opinions of most posts on this topic, but sadly, I’m not. Its a reality check.
    This is a clear representation of a part of society who honestly believe, “If it doesn’t bother me, its not important. If I don’t get it, It’s stupid and I don’t care to understand why anyone else cares.”

  • Concise Noise Fractionale Ltd.

    Please, help Citizens Annoyed with Hypocrisy and Hypersensitivity and sign the petition to urge H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College, to dissuade her students from further hysteria and inconsistency.

    https://www.change.org/petitions/h-kim-bottomly-dissuade-petitioners-of-sleepwalker-statue-from-participating-in-future-slut-walks