Show your balls at the Planetarium

Show your balls at the Planetarium


Look closely at the photo that accompanies this column: a woman with a hooded face, her mouth open in a cry, her hands clenched, looking aggressive, lifts her t-shirt to show her bare breasts on which is written with a radical slogan written in English: “Stop blaming women for the bad behavior of men”. 

It's not in the entrance to the Museum of Contemporary Art or in a crypto-feminist art gallery on the Plateau.

It's at the Planetarium, before an exhibition on women in science.

What does such raw, aggressive activism do in a place for the whole family?


Space for Life brings together the Biodôme, the Biosphere, the Insectarium, the Botanical Garden and the Planetarium. Espace pour la vie was very proud, on its Facebook page, to present this work by MissMe, a Quebec artist who makes street art. Especially since the artist in question was invited to Everyone talks about it last Sunday to talk about the fact that the Planetarium has commissioned a series of works from her on women scientists.

Except that Internet users were flabbergasted, with good reason, that it was this striking work that welcomed visitors to the Planetarium.

I am the first to applaud the idea of ​​the Planetarium presenting the NobELLES exhibition, which honors women scientists whose contribution has not been recognized at their height. 

The Planetarium can present the works he wants. But it's the gibberish of virtue reporting to justify this work that really gets on my nerves.

Espace pour la vie's answer is a bit long, but it's worth reading it in full: “MissMe is a committed, subversive and provocative artist, whose feminist message is at the heart of her work and her posts. Its very modern visual language brings these women of science back to center stage, where they belong.

The Planetarium wishes to highlight the importance of intersectional feminism. It takes into account the discrimination suffered by women in the light of different criteria, including race, physical ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status. This exhibition also underlines this vision of the under-representation of women and girls in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) illustrated by the differentiated analysis according to gender as well as an intersectional perspective. p>

Hey, do we have to be lectured on “intersectional feminism”? when we go to the Planetarium? Here's what one netizen wrote: “His vulgar 'feminist' message doesn't represent women in STEM or me as a Montreal woman.”


One of the women I admire most in the world is Marie Curie, Nobel laureate in physics AND chemistry. 

What is the best way to ensure that there will be more Marie Curies in 2023? 

Show positive role models of women who have excelled in science or show off an enraged naked woman who yells an offensive message at men?

Show your balls at the Planetarium