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Throne Out: Ladies-Only Museum Adds Toilet to Keep Men from Visiting

An Australian museum is installing a toilet inside one of its exhibits in order to legally keep men out.

By Missy Baker · May 24, 2024

No boys allowed! Canva/Odd News Show

Satirical opinion by Missy Baker, Odd News Show

Anyone who’s ever been a little girl can relate… Sometimes, you just want to put up a big sign that says “No Boys Allowed” so you can enjoy your nice, pretty things in peace.

“Ladies Lounge,” an exhibit by American artist Kirsha Kaechele, tried to do just that. The exclusive exhibit opened in Tasmania’s (not very creatively named) Museum of Old and New Art in 2020, but with one tiny stipulation: only those who identified as women were allowed to look upon it.

Sounds kind of amazing, doesn’t it? Imagine being able to see a painting without a man explaining to you what it actually means. No threat of being told, you’d look a lot prettier if you were smiling at the art, like an overly medicated Muppet. No one calling you “stuck up” because you rejected their invitation to suck face at a post-museum tractor pull. What a dream!

Mansplaining is an art unto itself.  Steve Jurvetson/ Flickr

The tranquility eventually turned to turmoil when this Shangri-La for art-loving ladies was threatened by some overly emotional male (big shocker) who discovered women were enjoying something and just HAD to ruin it. This is why we can’t have nice things!

The entitled man filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the museum for denying him entry to the “Ladies Lounge” exhibit. Come on, man, just let women have their own space. No one is suing you for entry to get into your mom’s basement.

It's all yours, fellas.  KerdoKristjan/Wikimedia Commons

Unsurprisingly, the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal sided with the dude-bro. The powers that be deemed the museum violated the state’s anti-discriminatory laws and ordered it to immediately open its doors to the general public, even those with weiners.

But, if you think that’s the end of the story, you’ve never met a woman who’s been told “no.” Before the “Ladies Lounge” exhibit could be rebranded as a Tasmanian Hooters, the feminist heroes at MONA came up with an ingenious idea to keep the boys at bay: a toilet… with the seat DOWN, of course.

How it feels to outsmart men daily.  Rawpixel/ Freerange

The women explained to the BBC how, in a stroke (or a flush) of genius, they decided to transform the space - much like a KFC/Pizza Hut - into a combination toilet AND house of worship, allowing it to operate as a women-only space under legal exemptions.

Boom! Exploiting double loopholes like total girl bosses. Can I get an Amen… and a square of TP?

If the whole church-toilet scheme doesn’t work, there are other legal alternatives the women at MONA can take to protect their space. I, for one, will gladly volunteer my expert skills to chase men away. Just send me a plane ticket, Queens. I’m fully prepared to talk for hours on end about tampons, glitter, and my dog’s elaborate homemade Halloween costumes. If that doesn’t do the trick, I could always say, “I love you.”

So here he is dressed as Willie Nelson. Wait, where are you going? Don't leave!  Buzz Baker/Odd News Show

As the legal battle rages on, one thing’s for sure: when it comes to defending their turf, MONA isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty, and then immediately add an “Employees Must Wash Hands” sign to their exhibit.

So grab your Charmin and your rosaries, because this showdown promises to be a wild ride through the wacky world of art, gender politics, and, of course, toilet humor.