‘The patriarchy can’t dance with us’

Statement, separatism and safety





Separatism, safety, fantasy, psychoanalysis, desire, festival


The music festival Statement was initiated as a response to sexual violence towards women at other festivals, and during the work of creating a safe festival, separatism became the feminist strategy. In this paper we analyse media reporting from Statement, with a focus on the desire for safety. Using psychoanalytical discourse theory, we analyse different media materials, focusing on emotive language and fantasmatic narratives. We argue that in the media representations, a desire for safety is linked to enjoyment, opportunities to be oneself, predictability and lack of conflict. Safety is also strongly represented as linked to a focus on security and the absent man is continuously present in the media articulations. While the media representations tend to reconstruct a heterosexual Woman with a universal experience, the focus on the patriarchy, a common ‘we’ and the emotive language might nevertheless spur political mobilisation.

Author Biographies

Johanna Lauri, Umeå University

PhD in gender studies, postdoctoral fellow in gender studies at Umeå centre for gender studies, Umeå university. 

Ida Linander, Umeå University, Epidemiology and Global Health

MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in public health and gender studies at Umeå university.




How to Cite

Lauri, J. and Linander, I. . (2023) “‘The patriarchy can’t dance with us’: Statement, separatism and safety”, Culture Unbound, 15(2). doi: 10.3384/cu.4146.



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